One of the ugliest named cool new technologies is the "femtocell," a desktop-friendly cell tower that connects to your broadband network to add cell service where it otherwise might be crappy. Today Motorola and Airvana announced that they are partnering to build CDMA femtocells that provide standard 1xRTT and high-speed EV-DO connectivity. It's not clear whether this would be geared for the home, like Sprint's Samsung Airave (which, though cool, apparently doesn't do EV-DO). This one might be more for businesses, but we hope that changes—and that Verizon follows Sprint's lead and picks it up—because I would love to have the ability to add cell service to my home as needed. Wouldn't you? [Airvana]
Did some more reading on femtocells. AirWalk Wireless Network Solutions has also just introduced something along these lines, and it does do EV-DO.
It looks like they (cell companies) are wanting to charge a monthly fee for this sort of thing?!? Major non-selling point for me, then. Doesn't surprise me, though, that they want to charge you for doing them a favor, taking traffic off the normal cell tower network. >:| Kind of like ATM fees for the tellers the bank isn't having to pay.