This Chip Might Bring Perfect Reception to Your Home, Without…

So it's a quandary. Your house is in a service dead zone, and you don't want to shell out $150 more for something you're paying for already. What's worth more, principle or a functioning phone? That decision might be over. » 9/17/10 3:40pm 9/17/10 3:40pm

AT&T MicroCell Fairy Gifts iPhone Users with Free 3G MicroCells

One mysteriously labeled AT&T "VIP" customer (they've complained, politely? Love wearing AT&T t-shirts?) has been gifted one of those handy MicroCell, and no one seems to know why. Viral marketing stunt? Rounding error? Whatever. Free 3G femtocell: Updated. » 7/11/10 10:00am 7/11/10 10:00am

Repost: Carriers Want You to Pay Extra to Fix Their Own Failures

Now that Microcells are coming, it's a good time to imagine how wonderful our reception will be. And how AT&T should be giving these away for free or less than $150, despite the zero monthly rate. [Repost on Giz] » 3/24/10 7:35pm 3/24/10 7:35pm

AT&T MicroCell 3G: Salvation for Your Crappy Reception Is $150, No…

Sure, we kinda think AT&T's cell-reception boosting MicroCell 3G should be like, free, since it's using your pipes to route calls, but I suppose this is about as swell as we could've hoped for—$150 with no monthly fee. » 3/24/10 3:00pm 3/24/10 3:00pm

AT&T MicroCell 3G: Here's Why Users in Known Dead Spots Should Get One…


It's no secret that AT&T has been overwhelmed by data-munching iPhone users, and reliability remains sketchy in many key areas. So if the MicroCell 3G is your best option for proper coverage (using your own bandwidth), shouldn't it be free? » 9/21/09 5:45am 9/21/09 5:45am

AT&T 3G MicroCell Site Live: Home Base Station Boosts Spotty Coverage

AT&T's 3G MicroCell uses your Internet connection to act as a mini 3G tower—something iPhone users in particular have waited for. And after reports it could arrive in select locations this week, AT&T is now providing (some) details: » 9/21/09 3:46am 9/21/09 3:46am

AT&T 3G MicroCell Could Hit Select Markets In The Next Week

If you are an iPhone owner anxiously awaiting the release of AT&T's first femtocell device, the payoff may be coming in the next few days for select markets that include: Atlanta, San Antonio, Seattle and North Carolina. » 9/18/09 12:58pm 9/18/09 12:58pm

AT&T Confirms Femtocell for 2009 Release

AT&T femtocell, the Wi-Fi-like hotspot that improves AT&T signals in your home, is still on track for a 2009 release. But now that I'm rocking 7.2Mbps in Chicago anyway, the prospect is not quite exciting as it used to be. [mobileburn] » 6/25/09 12:08pm 6/25/09 12:08pm

Motorola Embeds CDMA Femtocell into Digital Photo Frame

I have to hand it to the guys at Motorola for coming up with the idea to integrate a femtocell and a VoIP soft phone into a digital photo frame. Femtocells » 9/24/08 5:20pm 9/24/08 5:20pm help cover weak spots in a cellular network by sending calls over the internet—which is a good idea except that it would involve yet another device cluttering up…

Sprint Airave, Your Own Personal Cell Tower Box, Goes On Sale…

Sprint and Samsung's femtocell answer to T-Mo's Hotspot@Home is now available everywhere after localized tests in Indy and Denver apparently went well enough to push it nationwide. The box connects to your router, allowing you to make calls over the web with any Sprint CDMA phone. It's $100 for the box, plus $15 per… » 7/29/08 1:13pm 7/29/08 1:13pm

Sprint Airave Femtocell Launching Nationwide July 15

It's been a while since we've heard about Sprint's Airave femtocell-basically a little box connects to your router and sends your calls over the internet so you have cell service even where you don't-but it looks like it's finally set to launch nation-wide, maybe as early as July 15. (It's been (in Denver and… » 6/30/08 8:00pm 6/30/08 8:00pm

Verizon Promises In-Home Cell Boosters This Year, But For How Much?

Femtocell, femtocell, femtocell. Get used to it, because it's a word you'll be hearing a lot of from now on. Yesterday, Verizon Wireless promised to offer broadband-connected mini cell towers (yep, femtocells) to customers in 2008. We're told that products such as the EV-Do model just introduced by Motorola and Airvana » 4/03/08 9:23am 4/03/08 9:23am

Software Radios Boost Crappy Cellphone Reception Cheap and Easy

Mid-Tex Cellular systems out of De Leon, Texas is currently running both GSM and CDMA network using a software-based radio system on nine of of their cellular towers. Because the Vanu, Inc. designed software can be upgraded easily, there is no need for costly new hardware when supporting new or incompatible networks.… » 11/20/07 8:10pm 11/20/07 8:10pm