App designed by Hotchkiss man boosts cellphone reception

That new Android cellphone under the Christmas tree might need a little something extra to pull in a signal.

This is, after all, mountainous western Colorado, and signal strength can be questionable.

A Hotchkiss elf, er computer expert, has the answer. Best of all, it’s free.

An app invented by Curtis Boyd, owner of Boss Cellular in Hotchkiss, will search out and use the strongest signal in the area.

Once it’s downloaded, “You just push a button every time you get to a new town and it updates the settings and gives you the strongest signal available,” Boyd said.

iPhone users need not despair. Boyd is working on a similar app for them, as well.

Boyd’s app can be downloaded from the Google Play store. Type in “signal booster” into the search box and tap on the app with the “Boss Cellular” label.

Users also can download the app at Boyd’s webpage,

Users have liked the app so far, giving it 4.5 of five stars.

Boyd is available to help people who have difficulties downloading the app, he notes in comments on the Google Play tab.

Boyd has been doing web page design since 2001 and moved in July to Hotchkiss from Denver for treatment for brain cancer in Grand Junction, which he said is going well.

He opened Boss Cellular “instead of just sitting around” in between treatments, Boyd said.

Among the apps he’s working on is something that might come in handy in about 11 months.

Shoppers preparing to hit the mall for gift buying could “mark” their vehicles’ GPS coordinates in the parking lot, then head into the stores without fear of getting lost. Once the shopping lists were filled out, their cellphones would lead them back to their cars.

That’s of course, not all.

“I’ve got quite a few in progress ...,” Boyd said.


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