updated 05:30 pm EDT, Tue June 22, 2010
Data usage counted toward mobile cap
AT&T has announced that it has completed 3G MicroCell deployment for all customers in the continental US. The system works as an independent 3G connection for a home or office, routing data and voice through a wired broadband connection. Users can make phone calls or use data features even in dead zones or fringe areas.
The company has also defended its policy of counting MicroCell data usage against the customer's standard mobile data caps. MicroCell traffic allegedly travels through AT&T's core network, in compliance with FCC regulations regarding lawful intercept for law enforcement agencies.
AT&T is still investigating other ways to offload the traffic, while the FCC regulations could still be open to reinterpretation. In them meantime, users can avoid data overages by simply using a Wi-Fi connection while at home or in a MicroCell-equipped office.
The MicroCell is now available as a one-time purchase for $150. Customers can receive a $100 rebate if they choose to pay $20 per month for unlimited calling using the cell. [via Light Reading]