AT&T's 3G MicroCell goes nationwide the middle of next month

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AT&T's 3G MicroCell goes nationwide the middle of next month
AT&T has announced that its femtocell model, the 3G MicroCell, will be made available nationwide starting in the middle of April. After months of testing, the carrier has decided that the device is ready for use from coast to coast. The unit itself will start at $149.99 for 3G voice and data service. Up to 10 handsets will be supported by the MicroCell with 4 simultaneous connections allowed. Customers can decide to have the minutes used deducted from their AT&T calling plan, or they can pay $19.99 a month which will allow for unlimited use of the MicroCell without taking minutes away from their current voice plan. If you decide to pony up the $19.99 each month, AT&T will give you a $100 rebate on the device, bringing the cost down to $49.99. You can also choose to add on the carrier's broadband services (DSL or U-Verse 1.5MB or greater) and grab a $50 rebate. That would bring the cost down to $100 for the MicroCell with just the broadband. Or, if you take both offers-the unlimited plan and the broadband-the cost of the 3G MicroCell would drop to a very affordable $0. The device works on any AT&T 3G phone and supports a secure 3G voice and data connection for 5000 square feet. So if you're one of those people with an AT&T handset who is always complaining about your poor signal at home, here is a chance to grab a strong connection to your carrier.

source: AT&T via BGR



1. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

'Bout time AT&T, welcome to the future! Had to be last on femtocells didn't ya? Even though I'm on Verizon I'm glad they have a femtocell, it just makes sense. Frankly, I don't know why it took cell carriers this long to mainstream femtocells. I hope LTE femtocells are in the near future, if the carriers are smart.

2. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Ok, what exactly does a femtocell do that a router doesn't?

3. basschica

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

It actually gives you the voice cell signal. Even if your phone has wifi, that doesn't really help you for calling unless you have UMA like with T-mobile. That being said, I'd really rather have Google Voice get the wifi calling for free rolling with Gizmo and then all you need is the wifi for calling and it wouldn't use any cell minutes. C'mon Google!!!! But anyway, for all the Iphone lovers out there with their lack luster coverage, I am sure this is a great investment.

7. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

In short, it's a device that produces cellular signal like a cell tower does. The reason it's compared to a WiFi router is because it connects to your existing broadband connection to give you that data that's needed and the WiFi router transmits the access via the WiFi router. Instead of the device broadcasting WiFi internet, it produces cellular signal. It's like having your personal cell tower at home. You can still get "internet" service from a femtocell, but instead of it being in WiFi it delivers it to you the same way a cell tower and your phone ususally does. WiFi is still faster. You will only be able to download/stream as fast as the phone, carrier, technology allows it to.

4. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Good Job ATT

5. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

it is about time. i work for AT&T Customer Relations Dept and i hear so many complaints abouts coverage, coverage, COVERAGE!!!!!! hopefully customers will buy the microcell and stop complaining lol

6. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

I hear all these comments but none of these commenters seem to get it. Yes, femtocell helps with indoor coverage. No, it won't help AT&T become better. Their wireless coverage will still suck just as bad as it does now.

8. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

You're right about one thing, the femtocell won't help GSM become a better technology or AT&T's network being a "better network". It's always been a worse technology than CDMA. That is just a fact of life. But as for improving the network...well it may help free up some bandwidth. If users try using a femtocell instead of a cell tower then that may allow more data use on that particular tower. Just one customer not using a tower is good in dense areas. But having a femtocell won't help a community with cell service, just that one home or office if anything. The better fix for this is just go to Verizon where the 3G (and soon 4G) is plenty for everyone.

9. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

AT&T needs this. They couldn't run a network normally so they have to sell this to actually give coverage to people. This micro-cell thing is for the people in AT&T's crappy network areas who never get good service anyways. Conclusion. AT&T sucks. EnD of story.

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