Earlier today at six o'clock... we put cell service to the test all around town ...to see which companies get the best and worst service.... in our test, verizon did the best - without any major problems anywhere we went.. It's one thing when you drop a call when you are out and about... but what do you do when those annoying dropped calls happen in your own home? It's something that could put you and your family in danger - if you need to call for help. Well, there is a solution - it's a cell phone booster - and it's something your cellphone company may give you for free...but most people have no idea it's even available.. 3 3 0 - 8 9 - 14 104 - 108JESSICA GARRETT SWEARS BY HER CELL PHONE SIGNAL BOOSTER... 14.27.55 oh it's night and day difference.THIS LITTLE DEVICE ACTS LIKE HER OWN PERSONAL CELL PHONE TOWER.14.26.40 our calls never get dropped, our internet goes faster on our phones. it's extremely helpful, i don't know what we'd do without it.HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: WHEN YOU'RE HOME, YOUR CELL PHONE CONNECTS TO YOUR BOOSTER, INSTEAD OF A CELL TOWER.THEN THE BOOSTER SENDS YOUR PHONE SIGNAL THROUGH YOUR HOME INTERNET... ...ALL THE WAY TO YOUR CELL PHONE NETWORK -- WITHOUT RELYING ON A REGULAR TOWER!JESSICA NOTICES THE BOOST RIGHT WHEN SHE GETS HOME. 14.26.45 yes, i can see it switchover really quickly.i'll go throughout the day with 3 or 4 bars, and when i.. when the booster hits me it will go to 5 bars immediatelyWE PUT IT TO THE TEST.WHEN WE UNPLUGGED THE BOOSTER, HER SIGNAL DROPPED FROM 5 TO 2 BARS.THE BOOSTER CAN ALSO HELP POLICE... WHO ARE GETTING MORE CELL PHONE CALLS THAN EVER.WINTER PARK SGT.2.40.53 "we get about 20,000 calls into the comm center on average what we've been able to figure is about 91 percent of those is from cell phones" WHEN YOU CALL 911 FROM A HOME LAND LINE, DISPATCHERS SEE YOUR EXACT ADDRESS SO THEY CAN SEND HELP. "with the cell phone it pings off several towers, so it gives us a general location but without having a person stay on the line and tell us exactly where they are we would be driving around, looking for a person on the cell phone. 2.41.57 BUT IF YOU CALL FROM A CELL PHONE CONNECTED TO A BOOSTER, IT CAN BE PROGRAMMED TO SHOW DISPATCHERS YOUR EXACT ADDRESS JUST LIKE A LAND LINE.... ADDING CRUCIAL SECONDS TO RESPONSE TIME.14.27.15ish garrett "i think everyone should have it, i mean having a booster in your household no matter what kind of company you have is always a good idea" WE CHECKED SEVERAL CELL COMPANY WEBSITES THAT SHOWED SIGNAL BOOSTERS RANGING IN PRICE FROM ABOUT A HUNDRED DOLLARS TO TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY. BUT GARRETT GOT HERS FROM SPRINT FOR FREE! SPRINT CONFIRMED TO US THAT A DECISION TO GIVE A CUSTOMER A FREE DEVICE IS MADE ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. IN OTHER WORDS, IT CAN'T HURT TO ASK. THESE DEVICES CAN BE SET UP AT BOTH HOME AND WORK... AND ARE POPULAR IN LARGE BUILDINGS WITH BARRIERS BLOCKING SIGNAL... OR IN NEWER SUBDIVISIONS NEAR THE EDGE OF TOWN, LIKE WHERE GARRETT LIVES. SHE'S EVEN DITCHED HER LANDLINE ALTOGETHER!1 4.27.29ish/Garrett "technologies tend to sometimes be very unreliable, but with a booster like that, it's helping technology be more reliable" 3 If you'd like to learn more about the cellphone signal boosters or you'd like to learn more about our story from six o'clock where we found the best and worst cell service all over town... go to news4jax.com and you'll find both under top stories ..