femtocell

AT&T 3G Microcell data use counts toward your wireless allowance

AT&T 3G Microcell data use counts toward your wireless allowance

AT&T's 3G Microcell is prompting controversy, after it emerged that the carrier will be counting data use through the femtocell towards users' monthly wireless data allowance, despite being routed via your own broadband connection.  Therefore, if you use significant amounts of data when your phone is connected through the femtocell, you could find yourself falling foul of AT&T's recent data caps without even using their regular wireless network.

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NEC FP810 femtocell: tiny but 14.4/5.7Mbps data rates

NEC FP810 femtocell: tiny but 14.4/5.7Mbps data rates

European 3G users suffering from dodgy cellphone signals in their home or office could soon have a new femtocell to choose from.  NEC is promising to deliver their new FP810 femtocell to carriers in April 2010, and unlike previous models the personal 3G hotspot is capable of eight simultaneous calls and HSPA data rates.  NEC are using Ubiquisys' femtocell hardware, and since they're making a big deal of the fact that the FP810 is only 8cm tall, we're guessing it's the Ubiquisys G3-mini [pdf link].

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Vodafone unveils Sure signal femtocell

Vodafone unveils Sure signal femtocell

I really thought we would have lots of femtocells on the market here in the US by now. There are some femtocells on the market today, but for the most part wireless users have stayed away from them. You only have to look at the high monthly fees associated with the femtocell to get an idea why most consumers in the US stayed away from them.

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magicJack Femtocell promises any-GSM compatibility

magicJack Femtocell promises any-GSM compatibility

If you want a femtocell in the US there are a few to choose from, from each of the major carriers.  If you want one which will extend coverage for multiple different networks, however, you're out of luck; or at least you were until magicJack stepped into the ring.  Both times we've written about the company - who began by offering a low-cost USB VoIP adapter - we've been inundated with less than complementary comments about them.  Hopefully their unnamed femtocell - which promises to work with any GSM phone, even one without an active service contract - will fare better.

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AT&T 3G MicroCell pricing explained: not just $20 unlimited calls

AT&T 3G MicroCell pricing explained: not just $20 unlimited calls

AT&T have come in for some criticism over the past couple of days for their femtocell pricing, having kicked off a trial of the new AT&T 3G MicroCell in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The carrier has now confirmed, however, that the much-critiqued $19.99 monthly fee being trialled is not the only way test subjects can use the 3G MicroCell; they can also use it without any extra monthly fees whatsoever.

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