AT&T 3G MicroCell: $150 with no monthly fees

Apple Online Store “Users have reported AT&T’s new 3G MicroCell has been test launched in the Charlotte, North Carolina market, with a $150 price tag and no required monthly fees,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.

“Citing an AT&T representative in Charlotte, the report said the femtocell device provides 3.2Mbit/sec 3G service, which is on par with AT&T’s existing towers in areas of ideal service, but not the maximum 7.2MBit/sec speed supported by the iPhone 3GS,” McLean reports. “Of course, most users won’t be using the device’s 3G for data, as they presumably will be using WiFi for that.”

McLean reports, “What the device will do is blanket 5,000 square feet (about a 40 foot radius from the device) of home or office space with excellent voice, text, and data service coverage to prevent dropped calls or delayed messages. SMS messages, like voice calls, require mobile data service and can’t be sent over WiFi. AT&T’s device will support up to four users making simultaneous calls, and up to ten users on 3G standby available for incoming calls and messages.”

More info in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

28 Comments

  1. My iPhone runs on my home wifi network just fine and its paid for, don’t think I need any more AT&T;crap. 3G ends about 15 miles north of the city I live in, apparently if the area you live in is not at least 250,000 you can forget AT&T;3G. I hope Apple goes with multiple providers next year when their AT&T;contract is up for renewal, if not bye-bye iPhone.

  2. about time at&t;does something right. gonna get one the second its available in NYC i will officially have service in my apt something Verizon Sprint Tmobile Nor AT&T;were able to give me before. I cant stand verizon that company can go to hell can u hear me now lol

  3. @ Proud Puppy
    Unless I’m mistaken, having one these microcells in your home would provide you with 3G phone service even though there is no 3G tower near you. In my office on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, all cell service is spotty; lots of hills and canyons, and residents with a NIMBY attitude towards cell towers. I get about 1 bar of signal in my office. This little gizmo might be worth it. It’s amazing how many people try the mobile number first, even when they know I’m sitting next to a land line in my office 90% of the time.

  4. someone help me out…. how does the minitower thingy from ATnT get it’s signal to pass on to you? I mean, if there’s no signal to boost…. or if there’s a land line to plug in to….

    maybe I need more sleep and less beer, I don’t get this.

  5. this thing should be FREE. And if you have a family plan they should take OFF 9.99 a month for each additional line you have.

    this is basically allowing people with poor service at home to STAY with or GET AT&T;service. You should not have to PAY for AT&T;’s shortcomings, OR run the risk of increasing your internet traffic beyond limits (where they apply).

    Since this will all be data over the internet, and you dont have a router with QoS setup will you drop packets if you are doing heavy torrenting?

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