updated 08:15 pm EST, Thu February 25, 2010
Device increases signal strength in the home
AT&T has extended availability for its 3G MicroCell router beyond the initial pilot cities. Customers can now sign up from additional locations in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, San Diego and Las Vegas. The device creates a local 3G hotspot, using an in-home broadband connection to connect back to the phone network.
The service provides unlimited calling from their MicroCell network, while allowing Internet-enabled devices to connect using a strong 3G signal when Wi-Fi is not an option.
Pricing for the MicroCell is expected to vary depending on the subscriber's existing plan, although AT&T has yet to finalize its cost structure. In certain areas participating in the pilot program, customers with AT&T Internet or landline telephone service paid $10 per month. Subscribers limited to an AT&T cellphone plan are believed to have paid $20 each month. Specific availability information is provided on AT&T's website.