Vodafone Booster Brolly

Brolly?  Yea, those British have a funny way of speaking English.  In the US we call them umbrellas.  However, this isn’t just any umbrella.  Vodafone (the UK’s largest cell provider), has announced on their blog a device that combines your traditional umbrella with a high gain antenna and low power signal repeater to enhance phone reception for both the the brolly user and those around them.

The umbrella also incorporates 12 solar panels for powering your phone via a handsfree cradle and an LED torch for night time navigation. The prototype was created in partnership with the University College London and will be tested at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 22.  With all that tech in an umbrella, it must weigh a ton, huh?  They though of that too.  So with features like a carbon fiber pole, this eco green device weighs in at just 1.5 pounds.

We promise to stop making fun of the way you talk if you will bring these to the US!