UPDATED:AT&T's 3G MicroCell site is up and running

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UPDATED:AT&T's 3G MicroCell site is up and running
AT&T's 3G MicroCell web site is now live. The MicroCell is the carrier's version of the femtocell device that takes an area with a poor cellphone signal and turns it into a 5 bar 3G powerhouse. All you need is a broadband internet connection (DSL or cable modem) and a computer linked online for registration. The device will handle up to 4 handsets at a time within 5,000 square feet of the unit, and any AT&T phone will work. BGR reports that the nation's second largest carrier will charge you $20 per month, a cost you pay to save the carrier from spending money on adding or improving its towers. But until an amendment is passed that guarantees each U.S. citizen the right to have strong 3G coverage no matter where they are, this is a price that many AT&T users will consider nothing more than a nuisance tax. Now that the site is up and running, you can expect the official launch to follow very soon.

source: AT&T via BGR



*UPDATE*
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.

source: Gearlog

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19 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Aug 22, 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: Jun 26, 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: Dec 22, 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: Jun 26, 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: Dec 11, 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: Jun 26, 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: 1927; Member since: Aug 27, 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: Aug 22, 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: Jun 19, 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: Mar 03, 2009

Yes it does, and if you have that unlimited plan, the call will continue to bill as unlimited

10. Vlondril

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 22, 2009

score...thanks for the info :)

14. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 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: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Jun 26, 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: Sep 21, 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: Dec 11, 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: Jul 15, 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

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