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Sprint tried it, people didn't like paying to have better coverage, they say the network should have done that. With the unlimited plans out there it's just not cost-effective for people to use these things anymore. They may s...
They need something
I cant wait till I am out of contract so I can go to another carrier. Preferably one with faster internet. AT&T's data is slow as molasses.
This is...Not a Good Idea
They are way different than the wifi thing t-mobile did. It worked with every CDMA sprint phone, and the one AT&T is looking at should work with the majority (if not all...
If ATT wants to buy a product that will cause interference with it's network, then fine...... If it's like WiFi, you'll have to lock it down and secure it before everyone in your neighborhood reaps the benefits of
I liked it better the first time.....
Come on ATT get your weight up!
The only way I'd purchase a femtocell is if...
a) It gave me unlimited calling on my cell (similar to T-Mobile's UMA)
b) Was portable (i.e. I could take it into Canada and still use it on my Internet... saving $$$ like UMA)
This is great for people living in the boonies
pay about $100 a month and have great service at home and okay coverage everywhere else.
Say goodbye to the home phone, this doesnt make as much sense for ATT who has the largest network of home phone service subscribers.
But i guess as the technology progresses, they will be able to compete with vonage and t-mobile at home or skype.
It sounds like a blockbuster deal for ATT.
anyone see any cons?
I would cut my landline today IF I could use one of these and have unlimited calling while at home.
I know T-Mobile offers it with UMA WiFi, wh...
Do something original ATT....
Extended Network Coverage
That being said if calls are being transfered to the Femtocell then the coverage increases. The same with data speeds are faster when out and about.
I see these going to be used in larger cities and less in the rural areas.
In rural areas, where cell sites are few and far between, it allows the customer to get almost perfect signal in their home and not worry about whet...