AT&T Announces Nationwide Rollout Of 3G MicroCell Service In Mid-April

News | Thursday March 25 2010 1:34 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , ,

“AT&T 3G MicroCell acts like a mini cellular tower in your home or small business environment. It connects to AT&T's network via your existing broadband internet service (such as DSL or cable) and is designed to support up to 10 3G capable wireless phones in a home or small business setting. With AT&T 3G MicroCell, you receive improved cellular signal performance for both voice calls and cellular data applications, like picture messaging and surfing the web for up to 4 simultaneous users.”
The service will cost up to $19.99 per month for unlimited minutes. In addition to the monthly cost, the 3G MicroCell device will cost $150. Selecting a plan at purchase will get you a $100 mail-in rebate, dropping the long-term price of the unit to $50.
AT&T is the last of the big 4 U.S. carriers to offer such a device to its customers.
Sprint's Airave costs $4.99 a month while the base station costs $99.99. Unlimited use is $10 a month.
Verizon charges nothing once you buy the Network Extender for $249, though there's no unlimited calling option available.
T-Mobile offers unlimited calling through its Wi-Fi-based HotSpot@Home service for $9.99 a month.
The service will be quite useful if you’ve poor 3G coverage at home or office but the question is why should users be paying AT&T for MicroCell to improve their service, which they’re already paying for and in some ways helping them, by decreasing traffic on their cellular network.
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