A new service to improve broadband speeds in Lincolnshire by using people’s smartphones has been rolled out exclusively for homeowners across the county.
Created by former scientists at BT, Boosty uses a smartphone app to combine a slow home broadband signal with a 4G mobile phone signal, to achieve broadband speeds up to three times faster.
Users download the software to an Android or iOS device and connect a Boosty router to their existing home broadband router.
The software then “communicates” with the user’s smartphone over their home Wi-Fi, tapping into their mobile data when they need that extra speed.
The technology is already being used by 15,000 businesses nationwide, including several hotel chains, and was initially launched in Lincolnshire only on Thursday, October 15.
For the technology to work, customers require a home broadband connection of less than 4Mbps, a smartphone with two or three bars of 4G mobile signal, a Boosty starter kit costing £69 and the free to download BoostyLink app.
Paul Evans, Chief Executive of Boosty, said: “We decided to launch the service in Lincolnshire first because so many of our friends and family live here and suffer from low broadband speeds – some of the worst in the UK.
“By using our free to download BoostyLink app on their Apple or Android device with one of our starter kits, Boosty customers can speed up their home broadband, by topping it up with a second connection already in their homes – their smartphone.”
To find out more or to buy the starter kit, visit Boosty’s website or call 0333 366 0022.