Data consumed through AT&T's MicroCell will count towards your allotment

Data consumed through AT&T's MicroCell will count towards your allotment
Despite having a cost in owning one, AT&T's MicroCell was naturally embraced with open arms by customers who could not get a decent reception around their location – even though it could be seen as a pricey venture. It's difficult to pin point who should have to pay when it comes to spotty service, but the MicroCell is an available solution for those who believe that paying more money will get them better service out of the network they're already dishing out money to. Now that AT&T has eliminated their unlimited data plan offerings, new customers signing on with a smartphone will have the unfortunate duty to know that your data usage while in range of the MicroCell will go towards your monthly data cap. Now it's interesting to point out that the MicroCell relies on your existing broadband connection to function properly – meaning that data used on your smartphone goes through the MicroCell which in turn routes that through your existing high speed home connection. And just to think of it more, you're probably paying a decent amount to get high speed internet through some kind of cable provider – which happens to be what the MicroCell relies on. Now that data usage will go against you when connected to their MicroCell, we'd probably suggest turning off that cellular connection on your phone and switching on Wi-Fi to connect to your hotspot at home to save on precious data usage.

via MobileCrunch



1. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Hehe, I was going to say, for that Microcell to work, you need a high speed internet connection...why not just make it wifi? But the story points that out...

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

so save them on using a tower and make them money genius

3. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Why wouldn't you have a WIFI router at home? Odds are kids ponying up money for a micro cell has a WIFI router. Why they wouldn't use that instead of 3G data is beyond me...

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

noone has caught on to how utterly rediculous this is. it counts twards their data usage? yea im sorry but the microcell uses YOUR IN HOUSE INTERNET, not ATT's network. When you use the microcell to surf the web your using comcast and others.. not ATT. Why is ATT going to count that as usage on "their"network when it never touches it? oh yea, so you can blow you damn bill up and they can suck up overage charges. Wheres the outrage from customers? Thats rediculous. Thats like saying you should pay gas taxes when you ride your bicycle.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

1.5 Mpbs is recommended and easy to get in most places. Data usage through this should count because it is still data usage - just use Wifi at home if you have the 2-wire wireless gateway - no big deal really - this should be news...come on phonearena - are you bored already since you cannot post any outage or iphone issues now?

6. berzito

Posts: 5; Member since: May 25, 2010

This is a big deal cause your paying ATT for data when using another providers service plus the price of the microcell

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No, an AT&T wireless customer will use their smartphone on an at&t tower and at home use their 3g MICROCELL, not someone else's. Did you think you would get unlimited on the mircocell....again no big deal.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

do you know what a microcell is? its a home wifi tower that connects to YOUR internet (comcast, ect) and the routes it through the internet to ATT for voice service. DATA service NEVER reaches ATT through a Microcell. ATT is BILLING YOU AGAINST YOUR ATT PLAN for using COMCASTS service.. your getting DOUBLE BILLED. Its going to show up as data used on ur comcast bill.. and since the microcell can track it, ATT is going to charge it as well, even though the data never went to ATT at all.

8. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

and what with at&t wanting more money people thought that little tower would stay the way it was? come on people wake up smell the bull poo company's are shoveling.

13. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Yeah wade, its hard to stomach all the BS pr that companies and the like put out. What sickens me more though is the fact that so many don't see through it like you said. Most likley this is a premptive strike by ATT to compensate for the added cost that will be incurred by the FCC declaring that internet data is subject to Title II the same as phone lines. With the US Government trying to get their regulating power hungry money grubbing hands on internet data, the broadband providers will eventually pass theinevitable added tax/regulatory costs on to the cell carriers operating the microcells and ATT is passing it on to the customer. Simple economics that everyone should find understandable. Given ATTs data issues, it makes sense to charge a little more to cull out some data and still generate the same revenue from the remaining smaller population paying the higher prices... I'm sorry, but I dont think the AVERAGE iPhone user would know enough to switch to wifi at home to avoid using their microcell. Although I guess the customer who owns a microcell would not be the average user. Yeah, I guess the average microcell owner would be concerned with best signal at all costs and wouldn't care about the data counting. and yes, of course the companies are doing everything they can to get more money, because they are owned by the likes of all of us who demand it :)

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This is ridiculous. And its funny that this is realized just in time for AT&T capping the data. All they need to do now is track your data usage on your Wi-fi and you might as well get rid of your Iphones. There's nothing to stop them from doing it through the wifi if they can do it from the Microcell that runs off your ISP's data. I really hope the FCC cracks down on this instead of bitching about how Verizon charges for data overage, when they are actually the fairest in how they charge, when AT&T is comparatively rape, and not a peep from FCC. I wonder if they got them in their pocket, considering they rarely bitch about AT&T when compared to Verizon or Spritn.

10. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

i kinda feel like Dr. Steve Brule right now... Just always connect to WiFi stupid, why didn't you think of that? This is Dr. Steve Brule, For Your Technologies

11. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Now they're capping data on the Microcell that the customer bought? This is beyond gay! I like Verizon and I'd go to AT&T if I were to switch (which I don't plan to) but when is someone going to step in and tell Verizon and AT&T to stop nickle and diming customers. This is getting too much. I've already decided if Verizon adds one more penny to their smartphone plans I'm dropping my smartphone. I like Android but I also own a home and I'm not going to have my money yanked any more. I know this article has to do with AT&T but I'm saying Verizon and AT&T in general seem to be competing on how much they can make on customers. What is wrong with letting customers have unlimited data on a femtocell, it's not even using a cell tower for goodness sake!

14. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

When the FCC says that Title II applies to internet traffic, even if it is 'title II light', the regulations and fees are sure to soon follow. If you are that cost adverse and want to keep your smartphone, then switch to Sprint!

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