Remember the Sprint Magic Box? This indoor small cell has been improving cellular coverage in Sprint customers' homes for more than a year now, and today Sprint announced a new version of the device.
The new Sprint Magic Box features a smaller footprint than its predecessor while also offering an improved antenna. This new model is up to 25 percent faster than the previous Magic Box, Sprint touts, and it also offers a faster start-up process.
With the Magic Box, Sprint customers can improve data coverage and boost download speeds on average by 250 percent. The box includes LTE Advanced support, 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and three-carrier aggregation to boost speeds for users. Also included is Wi-Fi backhaul so that it can work using a Wi-Fi connection if no wireless coverage is available, a color screen, two USB ports for charging devices, and an Ethernet port for future support of network devices.
When you set up the Magic Box, it automatically connects to a nearby Sprint cell site. A single device covers an average-sized small business, says Sprint, and is designed specifically to extend data coverage and improve street-level network performance for public spaces and businesses.
The new Sprint Magic Box will launch later this year for an undisclosed price.
Sprint says that the original Magic Box has proven to be a popular device, with more than 260,000 units going out to businesses and homes in more than 200 cities since May 2017. Given that popularity, it's no surprise to see that Sprint has prepared a new model of the Magic Box. With its smaller size and improved performance, the new Magic Box looks like a great option if you have a home or business with less-than-ideal Sprint coverage.