updated 03:40 pm EDT, Wed March 24, 2010
ATT 3G MicroCell giving all users faster speeds
AT&T today expanded access to the 3G MicroCell to all its cellphone subscribers. The previously trial-only femtocell provides a personal 3G voice and data connection for those whose homes or offices would normally be on the fringe of service: calls are routed through an existing broadband Internet connection. As many as 10 phones can be linked to a 3G MicroCell, and four of those can use the cell at the same time.
The local connection will be available in mid-April as a one-off $150 purchase, and in its default form will use a phone's regular calling minutes. A special calling plan will be available for $20 a month that gives single users or whole families unlimited calling while using the cell, which simultaneously adds a $100 rebate to the price of the cell itself. In an effort to push its DSL and U-Verse services, customers who sign up to either landline Internet service at the same time will get a $50 rebate that can stack with the MicroCell discount.
AT&T has confirmed to Electronista that the special $20 plan should work with iPhones.