Ask PYS: Communications

Doug, on Jul 24, 2013 asked:

Are newer smart hub benefits with LTE worth the extra costs? I live aboard in the city and am also attracted to the fact that it boosts cell phones. Could I use a different carrier if I am currently on Rogers?

Considering that you are live aboard in Vancouver. The LTE is worth considering. In terms of installation cost with boosters the LTE is nearly double as you need dual amplifiers and a specialized dual antenna (for horizontal and vertical wavelength).

The smart hub solution itself does NOT boost a cell phone but actually boosts a cell signal terminated on the smart hub and can in turn provide a "land line" with a new cell number connected through the smart hub and booster. As such, your current carrier has no bearing on whether you should go with TELUS or Rogers. From our experience the TELUS has better coverage on the coast.