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Range Rover

Increase your wireless phone's working area with new antenna technology.

Roaming out of the range of a wireless service provider can be a frustrating experience for entrepreneurs. One solution: new antennae that substantially extend the range of wireless phones and decrease the number of dropped calls by up to 80 percent, according to manufacturers.

One company offering this technology is RangeStar International Corp. (http://www.rangestar.com) in Aptos, California. "[Due to the] explosive growth of wireless communications, call quality and coverage have suffered," says Eric Hass, president and CEO of RangeStar. How does the RangeStar PCS Antenna ($29.95) work? Simply clip the device on top of your standard digital phone antenna to extend its coverage range. The antenna will also increase the phone's battery life because it won't have to expend as much energy to send and receive signals. The clip-on weighs just half an ounce and is about an inch tall, making it unobtrusive and a snap to install. Other manufacturers of similar products include Oki, Mitsubishi and Motorola.

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This article was originally published in the August 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Nonstop Numbers.

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