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  1. greedypnguin's Avatar
    Hey guys, I was found this app in the new+rising category on the store, The review's were mixed some say it's horrible some say its the best thing since sliced bread! Personally I found no difference but it would be great if you guys could try and come back here with you results

    WiFi Booster Pro | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    12-28-2013 07:09 PM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    huh.

    does WP even allow apps that much access to the system?

    even then, i doubt it really does anything, maybe it just throws around some relevant buzzwords and looks nice at least

    very skeptical
    12-28-2013 07:15 PM
  3. hopmedic's Avatar
    There is nothing that an app can do to strengthen the signal of your wifi. Neither is there any way for an app to improve the efficiency of wifi - there's no API that would allow that kind of low level access. Additionally, there is no way for it to do anything at all while it is not in the foreground other than play audio (it uses media playback services). This app is a fake and I would suspect that it was up to something, but I have no way of knowing what.
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    12-28-2013 07:17 PM
  4. greedypnguin's Avatar
    There is nothing that an app can do to strengthen the signal of your wifi. Neither is there any way for an app to improve the efficiency of wifi - there's no API that would allow that kind of low level access. Additionally, there is no way for it to do anything at all while it is not in the foreground other than play audio (it uses media playback services). This app is a fake and I would suspect that it was up to something, but I have no way of knowing what.
    I say investigate!
    12-28-2013 07:20 PM
  5. greedypnguin's Avatar
    He's made plenty more apps, mostly for "making 3G connection better" I'm guessing thats baloney as well
    12-28-2013 07:21 PM
  6. badcat's Avatar
    There is nothing that an app can do to strengthen the signal of your wifi. Neither is there any way for an app to improve the efficiency of wifi - there's no API that would allow that kind of low level access. Additionally, there is no way for it to do anything at all while it is not in the foreground other than play audio (it uses media playback services). This app is a fake and I would suspect that it was up to something, but I have no way of knowing what.
    I totally agree that there is no way this is helping with WiFi. I also agree that the app must be up to no good because it apparently doesn't do anything but going by the permissions, it doesn't seem like there is a lot of damage it could do, right? It seems to only have permissions to the data services, no access to contacts or owner identity. I'm posing this more as a question. I guess what I'm getting at is, are the permissions stated at the apps page on the store accurate? Can a developer "fudge" the stated permissions or are these verified by MS?
    12-28-2013 08:33 PM
  7. hopmedic's Avatar
    I totally agree that there is no way this is helping with WiFi. I also agree that the app must be up to no good because it apparently doesn't do anything but going by the permissions, it doesn't seem like there is a lot of damage it could do, right? It seems to only have permissions to the data services, no access to contacts or owner identity. I'm posing this more as a question. I guess what I'm getting at is, are the permissions stated at the apps page on the store accurate? Can a developer "fudge" the stated permissions or are these verified by MS?
    Your assessment of the services required matches mine. That's why I don't know what it could be doing that could do much harm. A developer can request more permissions than required but if you use more than you request, the app will fail, but I don't believe it will even work - when you call a permission that isn't requested, it will throw an exception.

    He's made plenty more apps, mostly for "making 3G connection better" I'm guessing thats baloney as well
    Yeah - there's no way for that to work either.

    I say investigate!
    I clicked the link to notify Microsoft of a concern, and selected the option for a deceptive app.
    teckris and xandros9 like this.
    12-28-2013 09:13 PM
  8. QilleRz's Avatar
    IDK if this app is fake or real. But I do experience change to my ping but not my download speed and upload speed when I test using speedtest.net app. Before this my ping was 300-400. But now it's 100-200.
    12-28-2013 10:24 PM
  9. greedypnguin's Avatar
    I just reported the app for being misleading
    12-29-2013 04:38 AM
  10. taymur's Avatar
    There is nothing that an app can do to strengthen the signal of your wifi. Neither is there any way for an app to improve the efficiency of wifi - there's no API that would allow that kind of low level access. Additionally, there is no way for it to do anything at all while it is not in the foreground other than play audio (it uses media playback services). This app is a fake and I would suspect that it was up to something, but I have no way of knowing what.
    don't be so affirmative, people have their ways with systems.
    12-29-2013 04:43 AM
  11. Flagz's Avatar
    Before hand: 18.44 Down, 7.86 Up, Ping 18.
    After Use: 12.76 Down, 4.55 Up, Ping 37.

    Yeah... No.
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    12-29-2013 05:08 AM
  12. greedypnguin's Avatar
    12-29-2013 05:54 AM
  13. bobbob1016's Avatar
    The app description says it isn't a WiFi booster, it just clears some settings. This may work, but is probably snake oil.

    Also, it got a 2/5 and the user just said "Good" seems fake to me tbh.
    greedypnguin likes this.
    12-29-2013 03:07 PM
  14. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    This is a version of antenna booster scam from the 90's but for smartphones.

    But I'm sure someone will say the antenna booster worked too.
    12-29-2013 09:54 PM
  15. hopmedic's Avatar
    don't be so affirmative, people have their ways with systems.
    What I have laid out are facts, but you can believe if you wish.
    12-29-2013 09:59 PM
  16. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    What I have laid out are facts, but you can believe if you wish.
    I believe pigs can fly...
    xandros9 and Ray Adams like this.
    12-29-2013 10:03 PM
  17. Daniel James 2's Avatar
    I believe pigs can fly...
    If pigs can fly, I call dibs on their wings.
    xandros9 likes this.
    12-30-2013 01:40 AM
  18. greedypnguin's Avatar
    If pigs can fly, I call dibs on their wings.
    My thread, my wings
    12-30-2013 04:43 AM
  19. sym1a1a's Avatar
    What I have laid out are facts, but you can believe if you wish.
    hopmedic your are correct, but never discount the placebo effect, if someone "thinks" its helping them, then there's nothing you can say to change their minds lol
    hopmedic likes this.
    12-30-2013 09:44 AM
  20. tk-093's Avatar
    He has other great apps such as VEVO (actually stealing the official VEVO app icon and everything.. how is that still in the store?) and The Walking Dead, not to mention the 2G booster and 3G booster apps.
    12-30-2013 10:05 AM
  21. hopmedic's Avatar
    He has other great apps such as VEVO (actually stealing the official VEVO app icon and everything.. how is that still in the store?) and The Walking Dead, not to mention the 2G booster and 3G booster apps.
    Microsoft does not enforce copyright/trademark IP unless the IP owner asks them to do so.
    xandros9 likes this.
    12-30-2013 10:19 AM
  22. boovish's Avatar
    Hey guys, I was found this app in the new+rising category on the store, The review's were mixed some say it's horrible some say its the best thing since sliced bread! Personally I found no difference but it would be great if you guys could try and come back here with you results

    WiFi Booster Pro | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    Its fake. Idiots buy it just like the "Shake To Charge Your Battery" App on android.
    12-30-2013 07:10 PM
  23. badcat's Avatar
    Its fake. Idiots buy it just like the "Shake To Charge Your Battery" App on android.
    OMG. Why doesn't WP8 have a "Shake To Charge Your Battery" app yet? C'mon MS...
    12-30-2013 10:19 PM
  24. hopmedic's Avatar
    OMG. Why doesn't WP8 have a "Shake To Charge Your Battery" app yet? C'mon MS...
    I'll get right on that.....
    12-30-2013 10:58 PM
  25. badcat's Avatar
    I'll get right on that.....
    I'm sure it would be a huge seller. Just like WiFi Booster...
    Ray Adams and hopmedic like this.
    12-31-2013 07:54 AM
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