Verizon Wireless has announced the launch of a Samsung-made LTE network extender that can be used to get enhanced reception of big red's well-entrenched 4G network inside buildings or in remote locations. The device will be available for purchase from today at a price of $249.99 from Verizon’s retail stores across the country, as well as on its online web-store. While this particular device is aimed at homes and small business, it is actually the second such LTE network extender the carrier has released in collaboration with Samsung this year, after having launched a version of it aimed at commercial enterprises back in January. While that particular device could support up to 42 concurrent connections over an area of about 31,500 square feet, this particular one has rather more humble capabilities, covering just about 7,500 square feet and connecting only about 7 devices to the internet simultaneously. An 8th channel, meanwhile, will be reserved exclusively for 911 calls.
According to Verizon’s press release, the device allows for fast internet access and high-quality VoLTE calls even in areas of limited reception, working in essence, "like a miniature 4G LTE cell tower”, thanks to the use of Samsung’s “self-optimizing network technology” that apparently automatically adjusts its coverage based on how strong the cellular signal is in a given area. With the new device, Verizon is targeting residential complexes, single-family homes, libraries, small offices and business establishments like restaurants etc. What’s more, the network extender will allow the connected devices to automatically transition to Verizon’s LTE network in case of overlapping networks.
With LTE becoming the de factor standard for cellular connectivity, more and more carriers and manufacturers from around the world are introducing new handsets, routers, network extenders and USB dongles that can take advantage of the blazing fast 4G connections that are becoming commonplace with every passing year. Talking about the latest device being launched by Verizon, though, at $250, it will be interesting to see if the pricing proves to be a deterrent for potential customers in any way. However, the benefits of better coverage and faster data is certainly something that might interest a lot of people who are concerned about the lack of cellular coverage inside their homes or business establishments.