WEBOOST - DRIVE 4G X OTR
After a long time of debating & going back and forth we decided to finally pull the trigger on a Weboost!
We know the point of going off the grid is to unplug, but for us, in order to document trips and keep you guys updated we thought it would be a great idea to get our hands on a unit and test the capabilities. Besides work related reasons, another huge reason was emergencies. We've been out a few times with major incidences occurring and have needed to use our cell phones but had no service.
The Weboost Drive 4G X OTR is the newest model out and one that fit our needs best. It allows you to have multiple devices use the signal; while one of us is uploading content another one could be blogging or updating our IG feed. We thought it was important to keep our followers updated with what we are doing and where we are at, since we've had so many DM's on whats going on while we are trailing but just didn't have the service to upload content.
The install was so simple and straight forward, we've never installed one of these before and it took maybe 45mins. The longest part was picking out mounting locations for the inside/outside antenna and a home for the brain of the unit. Everything comes in the box you will need to install it, we didn't need any extra parts which is always an awesome thing! The way the box was packed and labeled you could tell a-lot of thought was put into it. From the packaging to the quality it was top notch from A-Z.
Before we get into it, your service is measured in DBM, it stands for a decibel rating. A -60 rating is basically a perfect rating for service and you should be having full bars of LTE; a -112 rating means you are right around one bar and starting to drop calls. Anything over a -112 means you will start getting a No service reading. For Android users you can check your DBM rating by going to: Settings>About phone>Status> and look for "Signal Strength."
For iPhone users we don't have that option. No worries, you can still check it out by dialing "*3001#12345#*" once you are in Field Test mode in the upper left hand corner will display a negative #, that is your DBM. To exit that mode just press the home button and you are back!
Now to the good stuff, does it work? Is it worth it? YES and even bigger YES! We've tested it a few times in an area where we NEVER get service, deep in Holy Jim. We drove around as far as we needed to to get our phone to show "No Service." As soon we saw the No Service signal we pulled over immediately and put the new Weboost to the test. On my iPhone it was reading a -115 DBM rating which meant I had zero service; I was unable to make a call, upload stories or photos. I switched the Weboost on and immediately noticed i gained 40DBM. I was now at 3 bars of LTE and able to send texts, make calls & upload a few stories to our page. After doing this a few times we came to an average at about 40-43 DBM rating increase while the Weboost was turned on, AMAZING!!! We've heard the same from a few of our peers in the community that own the Weboost and getting service in areas like Alabama Hills, Gorman and Sierra's which is unheard of! We will continue our testing as we head on our trips but so far, the unit has been GOLD!!!!
Long story short... Do we recommend this for people who work in low service coverage areas and need to be constantly connected? YES. Is it worth the money? If your life or work is dependent on cell service, YES! It has performed flawlessly thus far and we don't see it changing anytime soon!
Head on over to the Weboost website to purchase yours: Weboost