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Samsung's updated femtocell Network Extender for Verizon

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Samsung's updated femtocell Network Extender for Verizon
Last year Verizon Wireless introduced it's Network Extender, which is a Samsung SCS−26UC4 femtocell unit that connects to your home's broadband connection, which in turn allows up to 3 Verizon Wireless phones to use it (and one channel for 911). This is good for areas with low coverage, or none at all, as the femtocell is basically having a mini cell tower in your home, with calls being sent as VoIP through your home internet connection. The one thing missing from this older unit is that it lacked EVDO, which means data could only use the slower 1x speeds. Now comes the updated Samsung femtocell model SCS-2U01, which was spotted at CES in January, and has recently pass through and been approved by the FCC, which means it should make its way for sale by Verizon shortly. The two main advantages of this new femtocell model is that it supports up to 8 wireless phone connections at once, and also uses EVDO for data, though it is unclear if it is EVDO Rev 0 or Rev A, or what the maximum data speed is. Unfortunately, it still requires a CAT5 Ethernet connection to your router, as it doesn't support Wi-Fi. There's no word yet on pricing from Verizon for the new Samsung SCS-2U01 femtocell, but the older model has been reduced from $249 down to $99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Verizon Wireless Network Extender Review (Samsung SCS-26UC4)

source: FCC

Samsung's updated femtocell Network Extender for Verizon
Samsung's updated femtocell Network Extender for Verizon

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. xtroid2k (Posts: 529; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

I have always supported the idea of the femtocell. I think its great. Cause truely wireless carriers are only liable for the coverage on the outside of your house and I know there is a certain footage. A person can't say they don't get coverage on there porch or something like that. It was always a battle with customers when I use to work for VZW. People just don't know this. Ofcourse you had your customers who felt they shouldn't have to pay for something that they felt should be provided. However this helps reduce the challenge especially for older homes or low coverage areas

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 20:35

2. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

I purchased a femtocell when it first came out, at first it was HORRIBLE. I think Verizon didn't expect the usage and didn't have a sufficient VOIP backbone. After a few months of upgrades it started working great and I never had another problem. This is absolutely great for anybody in a remote area, that said I hope the data will just re-direct over your existing internet connection as opposed to limiting to EVDO speeds. CDMA Wifi connection, not sure if this would be technically possible.

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 20:45

3. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

Def. a good idea for those who live in those low signal areas or in the extended network areas where there is insufficient EVDO coverage. One time purchase, sufficient coverage...there you go.

posted on 08 Jul 2010, 19:23

4. dwillopp (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Jul 2010)

You guys know if a Sprint phone will be able to utilize this device as well? I have VZW but the wife has Sprint and we both have spotty signal in the apt

posted on 11 Oct 2010, 11:44

5. Highway Helper (unregistered)

So where do you find an SCS-26UC4 discounted to $99.00? Everything I see on Verizon's site says $249.00

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