I like the idea of a femtocell, but I don’t like the way that mobile carriers have positioned the devices. AT&T is a perfect example. The coverage for my iPhone in my local area is not good. Calls drop, the phone simply won’t ring sometimes, and generally the data speeds are slow. AT&T will sell me a femtocell to shore up the shoddy network by using my WiFi connection at home. I just don’t think I should have to pay again to fix a shoddy network I am already paying to use.
If you feel differently about femtocells, you might be interested in the femtocell TI is showing off at the Femtocells World Summit in London. The femtocell can support up to 32 users at once. That is way more than most femotcells that typically support about ten users.
This would be the perfect femtocell for an office that wants to connect a bunch of workers to a more reliable connection. The demonstration of the new femtocell is meant to highlight tech from TI and partners Azcom and Nash.