UPDATED:AT&T's 3G MicroCell site is up and running
This article contains unofficial information.
source: AT&T via BGR
According to Gearlog, AT&T is running a trial in Charlotte, North Carolina. The carrier is charging $150 for the MicroCell unit and service is free. If you want unlimited calling, it will cost you $20 a month unless you are using a combination of an AT&T landline or DSL service at your address. There also is a $100 rebate on the unit if you go with the $20 monthly unlimited calling plan.
1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
way to come out with something way past the date of other carriers, but that's what i've come to expect out of AT&T.
2. Vlondril (Posts: 91; Member since: 22 Aug 2009)
tru....but it is a good way to rack in extra doe while improving coverage for customers....lol....and THAT is what i expected from ATT....and i work for em....but i have big reds service....haha go figure right XD
4. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
They did come out with something I believe no other carrier has offered, Verizon's version is not 3g. I have Verizon and would never consider AT&T, but even if it's later then you'd like it's a step in the right direction. I don't believe this will slow down the expansion of their network, just offer them a crutch until it meets their customer needs. Additionally, carriers do have a certain level of up keep required to operate these femotcells. They have to have a network the femtocells are communicating on and still manage those calls in and out. I purchased a Verizon Femtocell when it came out and was very upset because I was plauged with network problems. I feel this was due to Verizon's network being overwhelmed. After a few months Verizon got it under control and I don't think I've lost my connection to Verizon for awhile. (Before anybody interjects, I have 20mb cable internet and had more then sufficient bandwidth to support the femtocell. This was a Verizon network issue I was having.)
3. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)
Going by the speculation out now, you will only have to pay if taking advantage of the unlimited option, which vzw doesn't offer, with that option being half off if either an att internet or landline is there and free if you have both. The $20 fee isn't bad if it covers fams but if that's per line, fail
5. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
Tmobile took a different perspective with WIFI calling instead of a femtocell, I don't know for sure how their plan works, but from your comment is sounds like it may be similar. I personally think the WIFI calling is a better route to go, you don't have to buy an additional device and you expand your network wherever WIFI is available, not just at your house.
17. cartman (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I believe you actually have to buy a router from T-Mo to have WiFi calling at home.
19. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
My friend has WIFI on his TMO BB Curve and uses WIFI calling all the time at my house. No need to buy a router from TMO, any wireless router works. I assume the phone only supports up to WEP encrytion though, haven't tried setting it up on a network with better security.
6. tokuzumi (Posts: 491; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
Does the device automatically transfer from using the femtocell, to standard tower, without having to disconnect from a call?
7. Vlondril (Posts: 91; Member since: 22 Aug 2009)
no idea...but this is a pilot program so if their are any bugs then it will be found out during this trial run....its ment for people who recieve poor service due to thier homes or other features in the way.
8. markemark (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Jun 2009)
If it's like VZW's you need to hook it up to a hi speed internet connection.
9. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)
Yes it does, and if you have that unlimited plan, the call will continue to bill as unlimited
14. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
Tokuzumi, if it's like Verizion it'll transfer from femtocell to tower, but not from tower to femtocell. Vlondril, I have no coverage in my house, but can hit a cell tower out of my house. I can sometimes get on the phone in my house and walk out the door without dropping the call. MarkeMar, Yes .. you need hi speed internet, it's not a repeater. This works if no cell coverage is around, you can buy a repeater if you have weak signal.
11. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
well isnt that a slap in the face!!!! BURN!!! jk jk ummm this is sad if it is needed to obtain any kind of signal in some areas.... that really shows that "the nations most reliable and fastest carrier" is at t!!!!!!!!!
13. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i have sucky service at my house. :-(. i lose calls left and right. i either have to go outside or by a window :-(. does anyone else have sucky service where they live? and at&t isn't any better. someone please build a cell phone tower up on my hill. in the next ten minutes i will have connected to 4 different cell sites, which is in 4 different towns, even though i'm just moving around in my house!
15. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
Alltel has the best coverage where I live, second to Verizon (I know you'd think they'd be the same now), AT&T, Spring, and TMobile have no coverage at my house. I use a femtocell and now that it works, it made a huge difference.
12. iceman23 (Posts: 31; Member since: 21 Sep 2009)
Even though I get it for free (I have ATT Uverse and love it) now i have to upgrade my bandwidth for $20!!!! Yeah...
18. cartman (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I think the min bandwidth the femto requires is 1.5Mbps, which is the lowest offered on U-Verse
16. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)
Way to go AT&T "Hey what are going to do today? The same thing we do everyday; Try to take over the world" LOL (pinky and the brain" the should be AT&T slogan....The New AT&T Trying to take over the world lol