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Details of AT&T's Femtocell Slip

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Top message:  3G only?!?! Dammit! by japhy   Jan 26, 2009, 11:31 AM

Replying to:  Re: 3G only?!?! Dammit! by Overmann   Jan 26, 2009, 1:18 PM

That's not how I read it

by japhy    Jan 26, 2009, 1:51 PM

Actually, UMTS 3G does support voice calls; see here:

http://www.phonescoop.com/glossary/term.php?gid=104 »

It's debatable as to whether there's a difference in voice quality, but there's no debate about battery life - it uses it up faster.

The details also specifically state that a 3G phone is required, conveniently leaving out most older and lower end (& lower ARPU) customers. I've got a 3G phone that I sorta like, but when it dies (not replacing it till then), I'm going for an unlocked phone with 2g and wifi for my data (I really don't want to pay for a data service that's redundant, since I have wifi access in multiple places already). I also don't want to get a new phone for my wife (D407). It's frustrating because with the coverage the way it is in my home (& the surrounding town) I could really use a femtocell.

It's definitely forward thinking on AT&T's part, but it's also upward ($) thinking. Sad

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