Connectivity, for cell calls and high speed internet, is an increasingly important issue for home buyers in the country. For high speed internet, 4G/LTE has become a very viable alternative to satellite internet in areas not served by cable or DSL (and typically offers much higher speeds than DSL.) But you still need good cell coverage, which is not universal in Sullivan County (although both Verizon and AT&T have made great strides to expand their coverage areas here.) Over the years, I've written a number of posts about cell phone boosters to pull in a weak signal, but it's sometimes difficult to determine whether there's a weak signal that can be pulled in and boosted. I have a cell booster on my car, and will do download tests with my Verizon smartphone to check signal strength, but that only works for Verizon. (The booster in my car is carrier-specific, so won't boost the signal for a client's AT&T phone.)
So I was thrilled when I found out about this little gizmo — the Surecall Cellphone Signal Meter. It measures LTE/4g signal strength on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile bands. I ordered one (about $300 on Amazon) and it came today. I played with it this afternoon, in a number of different locations, and it works. It does just what it claims to do — gives a readout of signal strength. I expect it will be an invaluable tool to check whether a house has a viable signal, or a signal that can be boosted.