ATT Launches 3G Microcell
AT&T has finally unleashed its new femtocell in a public market. Dubbed the 3G MicroCell, the AT&T femtocell is designed to boost both the voice and data signal in your home by using your home broadband network. Essentially a small cell tower for home or small business use that uses a customers existing broadband connection to increase the level of 3G AT&T network coverage over a small area.
According to AT&T, the 3G Microcell is available only in Charlotte, N.C., at the moment -- AT&T plans to use Charlotte as a test market and adjust pricing accordingly -- and costs $150, with free service. How about making iPhone calls on your own personal cell tower? This device is compatible with the iPhone 3G and 3GS.
MicroCell data speeds will be slower than the 7.2 Mbps the iPhone 3GS is capable of delivering, however they will achieve 3.2 Mbps, matching standard 3G speeds. The device allows users to make calls and send text messages using a 5,000 square foot local 3G network. Each 3G Microcell works with up to four users at a time. The device, also called a femtocell, covers about 5,000 square feet and works only in AT&T coverage zones. If you are an AT&T user and want unlimited at-home minutes on top of your 3G Microcell, it will cost you $20 a month, but you do get a $100 rebate off the price of the Microcell itself.
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