femtocell

Sprint Airave v2 with VoIP & EVDO clears FCC

Sprint Airave v2 with VoIP & EVDO clears FCC

Sprint's femtocell plans have been tipped by the FCC, with the company's latest model sneaking through ahead of its official debut.  The new Sprint Airave differs from its predecessor by adding in EVDO support for higher speed data connectivity, together with throwing in a VoIP phone port, based on a femtocell design by Airvana.

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AT&T 3G Microcell launching nationwide in April 2010

AT&T 3G Microcell launching nationwide in April 2010

Having gone through a limited trial last year, AT&T's 3G Microcell is now set for a US-wide release come April 2010.  The Y-shaped femtocell promises to improve both 3G data and voice coverage by routing each over a home or office broadband connection; in return AT&T are looking for a one-off fee of $149.99.

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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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Femtocell shipment numbers cut by more than half for 2009

Femtocell shipment numbers cut by more than half for 2009

Earlier this year analysts were predicting 2009 would be huge for femtocells. A femtocell is a device sort of like a router for mobile phone calls. The device sends mobile calls and data requests across the user's broadband connection rather than the mobile network. In April, ABI Research forecast that 790,000 femtocells would ship this year.

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Femtocell revenus to remain small through 2010 according to report

Femtocell revenus to remain small through 2010 according to report

Many of the wireless providers around the country are either deploying femtocells or getting set to deploy them. The femtocell is a device that is sort of like a router for mobile phone calls. The main benefit of these is that they can improve the reception of calls inside a home or office.

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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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AT&T 3G MicroCell lands with buyers, unboxed

AT&T 3G MicroCell lands with buyers, unboxed

We could argue whether it's AT&T's oft-appalling network performance or simply basic femtocell curiosity that's driving interest in the carrier's 3G MicroCell, but either way there's an unboxing online.  Confirmed as trialling in Charlotte, North Carolina (and nowhere else yet, unfortunately), one lucky owner has documented his new-toy experience on Flickr.

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AT&T 3G MicroCell femtocell revealed: big coverage, big price

This smug woman would love to tell you all the reasons why AT&T's Y-shaped 3G MicroCell is going to change the way you use your cellphone at home, just don't ask her when you can buy it or for how much.  Ma Bell's new femtocell promises - just like the Sprint AIRAVE and Verizon Network Extender - to set up your own mini access point at your home or office, in this case capable of carrying both voice calls, messages and data over your broadband connection.

AT&T may launch femtocell soon

AT&T may launch femtocell soon

For a while, we heard a lot about femtocells and how they were going to save us from the dregs of poor cellular signals indoors and in underserved areas. Sprint was the first to launch a femtocell commercially the U.S. and AT&T is ready to go one better with the launch of the nation's first 3G femtocell.

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HSL 2.75G Femtocell to support multiple networks

Femtocells aren't exactly embedded into the public vocabulary yet, but the carriers are ramping up to make a pretty decent push for it.  So far we've seen a handful of models from some of the bigger operator names, but now a Scottish firm, HSL, are promising a single femtocell that can support users on different networks.

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