Spotwave Zen review: Spotwave Zen

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3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
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The Good The Spotwave Zen Z1900 signal booster delivers on its promise to boost cell phone signals and improve data speeds. It also doesn't interfere with existing networks and other household electronics.

The Bad The Spotwave Zen Z1900 signal booster only works with phones that run on the 1900MHz band, leaving many 850MHz phones out of the picture. You also have to run a long coaxial cable across a room, which can be cumbersome.

The Bottom Line The Spotwave Zen Z1900 signal booster is a little expensive and we weren't fans of the long coaxial cable or the wall-mounting options. But, it did deliver on its promise to boost cell phone signals, and that could be a good enough reason to get it.

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Spotwave Zen Z1900 signal booster

Like many of you, we too have occasional problems with our cell phone reception. This is especially an issue at home, where signal strength sometimes drops to only one or two bars. While some antenna boosters have offered a solution, we've found them often to be less than satisfactory due to network interference. The Spotwave Zen Z1900 signal booster, however, seems to have solved this with a unique, adaptive technology that avoids interference while improving signal strength. You also get faster data speeds. The Zen isn't cheap though; the whole system costs nearly $400.

The product only works with the 1900MHz band, and not with 850MHz. This shouldn't be a problem in most areas of the country, but certain Cingular and Verizon networks that still run on 850MHz may not be able to use this device. We used Sprint and T-Mobile cell phones for testing, so we were in good shape.

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Spotwave Zen

Part Number: Z1900
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  • CE Product Type cellular phone booster kit