AT&T is extending its MicroCell availability to specfied markets

AT&T is extending its MicroCell availability to specfied markets
AT&T's 3G MicroCell looks to be picking up steam since it was being tested in certain markets on a limited basis over a year ago. Shortly after its availability, AT&T decided to branch out more by extending its availability to other markets. Yet again we are seeing AT&T doing the same thing as the following States and Metropolitan areas will see the light of the 3G MicroCell; Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, San Diego, and Las Vegas. Customers located in any of those areas can now visit AT&T's 3G MicroCell website and punch in their specific zip code to check if it's available in their area. If they happen to fall in one of the trial locations, they will be provided a list of retail locations where they can buy the MicroCell – and of course there will be the required $19.99 per month service associated with it. Basically it connects to your existing home broadband network and emits a signal from within itself that allows nearby AT&T handsets to experience 5 bars of reception. You'll be able to move about freely with your handset as it will cover an area of 5,000 square feet.

source: AT&T via WMExperts

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8 Comments

1. idiotwind13

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Would be pretty cool if it didn't require $20 a month service. The Sprint and Verizon versions are not 3G, but they also don't have a monthly fee associated.

2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I thought the Sprint one did require like a $5.00 monthly fee, but it was like $100.00 cheaper than the VZW one? But I agree, it would be much better if you just bought it full-retail without a monthly fee. Becuase basically, you are buying something to congest your own broadband connect and free up the congestion on AT&T's network..... So you are helping them out and they are making you pay for it? Doesn't sound like a fair trade to me. This is just like forcing data plans on phones becuase they subsidize it under contract. They should offer this unsubsidized without a monthly fee.

7. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Sprint does require $5 / mo just to use one, and another 10 or 20 per month for unlimited calling. I read somewhere else that the 20/mo on the AT&T is only if you want unlimited calls through your femtocell. Otherwise, you dont have to pay a monthly charge. Still have to pay to get the box tho (150 i believe)

3. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

So they charge you $20 to connect to something you already pay for per month?????? To a network they don't provide? Are you serious? Lame.... AT&T = Rape your customers for money over something you don't provide That's awesome

4. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

yea i agree totally fuking lame ........... they should improve their shitty 3G Network so we wont have to buy one of this things

5. bmartinez

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2010

You only have to pay $20.00 a month if you want unlimited 3G Micro Cell Calling. If you just buy the 3G Micro Cell and don't want to pay the month service, it will just come out of your calling plan allowance like you're using at&t's towers. Review the terms & conditions at att.com/3gmicrocell. Update your post PhoneArena, it is not correct.

6. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Wow, they still haven't made this available nationwide yet? LAME! At least Verizon and Sprint offers it to all of their markets. The CDMA Network Extender may not be 3G but at least you're increasing voice coverage. With Verizon you pay a one time fee for the device and never get charged for using it. Once again, AT&T is working too slow on network technology, whether it be an actual tower or a device that customers can use at home, AT&T is always last and always slow to deliver.

8. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I dunno. I think they want to make sure the device has fewer problems before a nationwide deployment, otherwise ppl like you might criticize them for that too. What IS lame is having to pay to get the box (on top of owning an iPhone). Hell, just for getting the iPhone (or the iPad soon), they should give this for free.

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