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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.

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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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Vodafone Access Gateway femtocell announced

Vodafone Access Gateway femtocell announced

Vodafone UK have become the latest carrier to offer a femtocell, and the first in Europe to do so.  The Vodafone Access Gateway connects to a subscriber's home or office broadband connection and creates a local "3G cloud" of coverage; up to four Vodafone 3G handsets can use this at any one time, with their calls and data routed over the broadband.

 

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Verizon Hub E! and National Geographic content announced

Verizon Hub E! and National Geographic content announced

Verizon Wireless have released a mass of new information about the Verizon Hub, which officially launched at the beginning of the month.  We now know that not only will the Hub act as a femtocell - bridging Verizon Wireless cellphone calls across the home broadband connection - but that content from E! Entertainment and National Geographic will be available to view on the 7-inch touchscreen of the "communication command center".  Finally, more details have emerged about the interaction between the Hub and the VZ Navigator GPS service.

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AT&T 3G MicroCell network extender revealed

AT&T 3G MicroCell network extender revealed

There's an unusually high quantity of femtocell news this morning, as hot on the heels of the Verizon Wireless Network Extender comes word of the AT&T 3G MicroCell.  Yet to be officially announced by the carrier, but revealed in their online setup page, the 3G MicroCell will work with up to four AT&T cellphones simultaneously - though they must all be 3G devices - using your broadband connection to carry voice and data traffic in areas of poor cellular network coverage.

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Verizon Wireless Network Extender launches: $250 upfront, no service fees

Verizon Wireless Network Extender launches: $250 upfront, no service fees

Verizon's femtocell, the Network Extender, has been officially launched, and at first glance it's a far better deal than Sprint's rival AIRAVE.  Although the two units themselves are basically identical - promising to create your own CDMA mini-network, by routing cellphone calls and data over your broadband connection when Verizon's own network is insufficient - the difference comes in the pricing.  The Verizon Wireless Network Extender is priced at $249.99, but after that there are no monthly fees.

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Verizon Wireless Network Extender femtocell coming January 25th for $250

Verizon Wireless Network Extender femtocell coming January 25th for $250

Having stopped by the FCC back in November, the newly-named Verizon Wireless Network Extender has now shown up in some staff briefing documents complete with a January 25th expected release date.  Still rocking its Darth livery, underneath lurks the same Samsung femtocell as Sprint used in their AIRAVE; hooked up to your broadband connection, it creates your own personal CDMA cloud ideal for making calls in areas previously lacking Verizon coverage.

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