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AT&T Says Femtocells Will Launch This Year

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Jun 25, 2009, 11:41 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

According to statements made by AT&T's executive director for radio access network delivery, Gordon Mansfield, the company is preparing to femotcells that will be available to consumers within a few weeks. Mansfield said, "we will expand [the current trials] into a marketing trial of the AT&T-branded 3G Microcell, which will be open to customers through our AT&T stores…in a handful of cities. We're on track for a full national launch by the end of 2009." Femtocells are small base stations that look similar to Wi-Fi routers and provide enhanced cellular network coverage in places such as homes or offices.

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Jun 26, 2009, 8:00 AM


So this is like a wireless signal booster? Anyone have any idea how much these things will cost?

Not quite the same as a signal booster. A femtocell is like a tiny cell tower, that uses the house Internet connection to relay the calls to the service provider:

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too much!!!

Jun 25, 2009, 5:37 PM

What Cities are being tested?

What are the cities that are being rolled out this week?
Dallas is what I heard.

There are no trials being run outside of that, except maybe at the Alpharetta headquarters, in the labs.

There's been more than a little interest in them. An escalations manager I know has taken more than a few minutes o...

Jun 25, 2009, 9:57 PM


I have been fighting with AT&T for 4 months about the coverage at my residence. I'm a AT&T fan-boy, but if I don't have coverage...duh. Well I haven't found someone to help me out with the termination fee or someone who can get me in with talking to the tower install team. I have been asking about femtocells and they have no idea what I'm referring to.
Hehe...well my thing is this...if you cant at least call from your home location why are you a fanboy?....just sayin

Jun 25, 2009, 1:58 PM


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