AT&T 3G MicroCell Femtocell (Updated)

image About 3 months ago AT&T Femtocell bemoaned that AT&T, alone among the US carriers, still didn’t offer a femtocell, a small cellular base station which connects to your cell phone service provider’s network via your home’s broadband connection (thus bypassing a weak over the air signal) and broadcasts a strong signal through your home.

AT&T now has a 3G MicroCell site. So presumably its femtocell will at long last be released? Well …

AT&T’s 3G MicroCell runs $150 in Charlotte trial, service is free without unlimited calling reports that AT&T’s femtocell is up and running! But only in Charlotte NC … and as a trial. No indication how long a trial. Update: AT&T’s 3G MicroCell tested and reviewed by Charlottean: yes, it works

What will this bad boy cost you when/if it’s released to us poor slobs who don’t live in Charlotte and endure AT&T’s network? Apparently there is a $150 one-time charge for the device. Unless you purchase “unlimited” service, when you get a $100 rebate.

Of course, “unlimited” has its price. $19.99 per month to be exact. Yikes! Though this monthly dole is reduced to $9.99 if you have either a landline or broadband with AT&T, and free if you have both. Update: AT&T 3G MicroCell pricing explained: not just $20 unlimited calls

In addition to petty monetary concerns, also yet unanswered is the question posed in 3G FemtoCell; whether the device supports 3G data. Presumably more details should be forthcoming shortly.

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