Sprint introduces the "Magic Box" to improve the speed of subscribers' 4G LTE signals by up to 200%


Sprint said today that it is giving away to its subscribers who request one, a free "Magic Box." This is a small shoe-box sized device that will increase download and upload speeds by as much as 200% within a range of 30,000 square feet. The result? Your devices will end up with 5 bars indicating a strong connection. The Magic Box doesn't interfere with Wi-Fi and doesn't require that the carrier make a capital investment to bolster its signal strength.

The Magic Box will first be made available to Sprint customers in Denver, San Francisco, Indianapolis, New York, Chicago and Houston. Offering the box doesn't mean that Sprint is going to stop working on its network. The nation's fourth largest carrier plans on improving the speed and capacity of its pipeline by using 4-channel carrier aggregation. Think of this as a way to expand the size of an imaginary tube carrying cellular traffic. The wider the tube, the more room that the signal has to travel, allowing it to run faster. And 4 x 4 MIMO increases the number of direct lines carrying signals between the cell tower and your phone.  

Sprint isn't the only carrier that offers a signal booster. T-Mobile gives subscribers a Personal CellSpot, which magnifies its 4G LTE signal in areas where T-Mobile's network is weak. Verizon and AT&T use micro cells to help subscribers connect to their respective networks whenever they are in the outer ranges of the nearest cell tower.

If you're interested in the Magic Box, regardless if you're a Sprint customer or not, you can seek more information by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: Sprint via CNBC

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9 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sprint, the one carrier who's name is a misnomer.

2. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

Even if I had Sprint, no way in hell do I pay to run a miniature tower for them. They should be giving the boxes away and reimbursing people for power costs.

4. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Its free

8. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

Which is where "AND reimbursing people for power costs" comes in.

6. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Sprint said today that it is giving away to its subscribers who request one, a free "Magic Box." This is a small shoe-box sized device that will increase download and upload speeds by as much as 200% within a range of 30,000 square feet Ya know, actually reading the article before commenting is pretty helpful. That's literally the very first line of the article.

7. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

Ya know, actually reading the comment before replying is pretty helpful. I literally said "AND reimbursing people for power costs."

5. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

So, they no longer bother to invest in infrastructure, now they make YOU PAY for it! It's Magic! (Brilliant business-perspective plan btw)

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Great...now how about they work on their network for people who have to use their phone outside of the house. When I was with sprint I got full coverage inside my house but dropped to 3g as soon as I got 20ft away from the house

10. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

How about they focus on improving their coverage. F*ckin hell my service has been sh*t lately. I can't bring this stupid f*cking box every where I go.

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