updated 04:55 pm EDT, Thu June 17, 2010
ATT claims 2GB cap still applies to MicroCells
AT&T has warned that its recent data caps will still apply when using the 3G MicroCell. Despite its creating a 3G cell site of its own, it's still considered part of the network and counts towards the 200MB or 2GB ceilings, even though the Internet connection handles much more of the traffic. AT&T has justified the lack of free data by noting that the data still goes over its network at other stages.
A carrier spokesperson was emphatic that the MicroCell was intended for more essential voice service and was only considered a backup for data. Many at home already have Wi-Fi and don't need it to get smartphones online, but voice service often doesn't have a direct alternative.
The policy choice has nonetheless sparked controversy, as some customers have objected to what they see as being charged an extra $150 with no promises of rewards for using service that costs AT&T less. [via Light Reading]