When your cell phone is desperate for some signal strength, a GSM Booster, such as a GSM Booster Nikrans LCD-800, is a good thing to have. The idea of using a mobile booster to help reception was one many mobile cell providers across Oregon and Idaho agreed with, as they deployed numerous mobile cell carriers throughout the two states during the recent eclipse.
Major providers Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, brought in several mobile capacity boosters primarily to numerous regions throughout the states of Oregon and Idaho, as well as some rural areas in the vicinity. The list of locations, and the carrier that brought in a mobile booster are as follows:
- Madras, Central Ore. (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile);
- Bend, Central Ore. (Verizon);
- Mitchell, Central Ore.(AT&T);
- Silverton, Willamette Valley(Sprint);
- Salem, Willamette Valley (T-Mobile);
- Idaho Falls (AT&T);
- Upper Snake River Valley (T-Mobile);
- Rexburg (Sprint);
Sprint released a statement on the 14th of August, stating that they had been evaluating locations in the region where the additional capacity would be necessary.
However, prior to the eclipse, the local government in the region still warned eclipse viewers that, despite the steps taken by the carriers, their cellular phones might still not work, so it might not be a bad idea to use GSM Boosters like GSM Booster Nikrans LCD-800, just to be safe.
According to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office’s Emergency Services Manager Nathan Garibay, it was important for people to recognize the limitations in rural areas, and that, during heavy congestion, people are encouraged to use SMS instead of voice calls.
The local government of Madras expressed their relief in the steps taken by the providers, saying that, while they took as many precautions as they could, the aid from the mobile cell towers were still appreciated, due to how ubiquitous cellular phones are, and how reliant people are on them.
The wireless industry have even taken it for themselves to invent catchy and funny names for their mobile cell sites, with ‘cell on wheels’ trailers known as COWs, which are sometimes accompanied and boosted by cell on light trucks, or COLTs.