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

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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Sprint promise 3G femtocell before AT&T: voice and data service

Sprint promise 3G femtocell before AT&T: voice and data service

Sprint have thrown down the gauntlet to AT&T over which US carrier can stage a full commercial release of a 3G femtocell first.  According to Unstrung, Sprint's VP of device and technology development Mathew Oommen has promised they will be first to launch a 3G femtocell this year, which will not only boost voice-call reception for Sprint handsets but also EVDO Rev.A coverage.

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