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iPhone 6 case review: Reach79 with signal boosting antenna

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The Reach79 case makes an audacious claim; using a embedded antenna, it can increase your iPhone’s signal strength an average of 1.6 times, with a peak increase of double. This would mean better call strength, longer battery life, and quicker downloads. Does it work?

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Not really. I tested the Reach79 in day-to-day life, including my apartment, which features very weak 1x, 3G, and LTE coverage when indoors. After placing my iPhone 6 in Field Test Mode and attaching the Reach79, the signal strength did increase slightly from -111 to -107 (lower numbers are better), but were still in the weak range. And, about a minute later, the signal strength went back to -111, then worsened to -113. Taking the case off resulted in no change in numbers.

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Results were similar when I went to areas with stronger wireless coverage. The Reach79 had little-to-no affect on signal strength, download speed, or call clarity.

As a case, the Reach79 is attractive. It exposes the camera, Lightning port, and mute switch. It’s matte black with a good, rubberized feel. But it doesn’t pay off on claims of boosted strength with any consistency.

Apple Channel Rating B

Buy the Reach79 iPhone 6 case

Provides: Scratch/scuff and minor drop protection for iPhone
Developer: Reach79
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 6 (also available for iPhone 6 Plus)
Price: $59.99
Availability: Mid-February

For more iPhone 6 case options, see our full iPhone 6 Case Review Roundup.

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