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Details of AT&T's Femtocell Slip

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Jan 26, 2009, 10:42 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jan 26, 2009, 1:23 PM

AT&T has published a Web site that reveals some information about its femotcell product. Like the femtocells being offered by Sprint and Verizon Wireless, AT&T's 3G MicroCell is meant to boost in-home cellular coverage. The 3G MicroCell provides unlimited nationwide calling from any 3G MicroCell with a 3G MicroCell service plan. The 3G MicroCell provides coverage for voice and data applications, such as surfing the Web, for up to four users at one time. Up to 10 different handsets can be registered with a single MicroCell, and it supports all of AT&T's 3G handsets. AT&T will have plans for families, individuals and businesses. Accounts can be managed online, and the MicroCell is protected from unauthorized use. AT&T has not specified when the 3G MicroCell will launch, what it will cost, and what any associated service plans will cost. A broadband Internet connection is required.

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Jan 26, 2009, 5:51 PM

How is data billed?

I would hope you'd have unlimited data use while on the device, as, after all, it is an internet connection that *you* pay for.

I could see the voice part being unlimited but still charging for texting, data, or both.
There is no reason to bill you for voice or data usage since it's going through your home internet connection.

That said, this is a corporation. With Sprint's Femtocell, even though it's going over your home internet, they still bill your peak min...

Jan 26, 2009, 1:01 PM

Why would they make us pay more for this???

Using these devices keeps them from building more towers in fringe or low coverage areas. This should be free!
Well it does say that it provides unlimited nationwide calling, so unless you have the $99 unlimited plan, you could conceivably do this for a bit cheaper monthly rate.
ask any network engineer from a wireless carrier. when they talk about coverage they mean OUTDOORS. they cant guarantee coverage indoors due to building materials, interference, surrounding foliage, etc. not to mention that complete coverage is flat o...

Jan 26, 2009, 11:31 AM

3G only?!?! Dammit!

If I've got internet at home, I don't need 3G! The only thing I need in my house is better voice reception. I don't want my voice to run off 3G signal anyway, because that drains the battery faster.

Ok I will just be giving you a simple idea of what this does:

The use of this tech is allowing you to talk where the voice is not working to well, Just like verizon/sprint/tmobile its allowing you to pick up signal where you would be able to befor...
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