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AT&T to roll out 3G MicroCell nationwide in mid-April

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.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. intrepidsilence

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    Beware iPhone Users!

    I own 2 AT&T 3G MicroCell units and there is a known issue with the way it interacts with the iPhone. The GPS data handed off to the iPhone from the MicroCell is wrong and causes all apps that use location data to use an incorrect location, sometimes as much as hundreds of miles off. I have been asking for status and resolution to this problems for months but AT&T support engineers have been unable to provide assurances that the problem will ever be fixed. As far as they can tell me right now, they don't even know if the problem is the iPhone or the MicroCell. This seems like an attempt to defer the problem to me considering GPS data acquired without the 3g MicroCell running works perfectly. I am going to post this message everywhere I can to help raise awareness of this issue so that we might force AT&T to take the problem seriously. Call support and complain if you have a MicroCell. The more they hear it, the more they will need to fix it.

  1. mdporter

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    blackberry wins

    My blackberry on t-mobile can use any wireless access point it can connect to to route calls over the internet. No special vendor specific equipment required. Why can't the iPhone do this?

  1. ryanjo

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    Blackberry is lame

    "blackberry wins"?

    Are you for real? The BB is the lamest excuse for a smartphone ever. The voice quality is horrible and the webbrowser blows!

  1. mdporter

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    tried using your iphone in SF?

    The number one complaint about the iphone in the san francisco region is dropped calls. Put the iPhone in a marginal reception area and it is crippled, because it can't sign in to wireless hotspots to make or receive phone calls.

    At least with my BB I can just sign into whatever wireless signal is available, and enjoy crystal clear sound quality with no dropouts.

    The BB isn't without its faults and I am given one for corporate use. The iPhone is definitely the nicer device in most areas.

  1. bigjimid

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    GPS Problems

    Intrepidsilence - Why do you need GPS in your home or office? I'm not saying that the issue isn't a problem, but do you really need GPS for the 300 feet of distance it takes to go back and forth from your office to the corner Starbucks everyday?

  1. sammaffei

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    What a rip...

    You mean I pay $150 and $20/month to help AT&T with their network load?!?

    Even with the $100 rebate, it still costs me less with Vonage. I would buy if it were a one time fee of $150. But, to leach every month for something I wouldn't need if their cell service was better is just insane.

  1. sammaffei

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    Joined: Sep 2004

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    I retract...

    I mis-read, you can spend $150 and have it just tick off your cell phone minutes. I'm OK with that. I've got 5000+ rollover minutes...

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