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AT&T Launching 3G MicroCell Across The Nation

AT&T Launching 3G MicroCell Across The Nation

AT&T's 3G MicroCell was a huge hit when it was announced last year, but the major problem was that it was only available in select areas. If you aren't sure what this device is or why you should care, it's basically a tiny cell site for your house. If you get horrible service while at home, this basically puts the nearest cell tower right beside your router, which means you'll have 5-bars of 3G service at all times while you're at home if you have one of these. Sounds appealing, right iPhone owners?

AT&T has this week announced that the 3G MicroCell is finally ready to make its nationwide debut, with the national rollout beginning early next month. New markets will begin activations across the U.S. for the next several months, enabling any AT&T user with lackluster coverage at home to buy one, plug it into their home broadband connection and then enjoy enhanced coverage while at home. When you leave, the phone automatically hops to the next nearest "real" tower, and in theory, you'll never drop a call while driving out onto the freeway.

Another unique feature is the MicroCell's ability to support both 3G data and voice services, which means 3G data will also be available in your home. The device is priced at $149.99 with no additional monthly fees. If you choose, however, you can pay $19.99 per month for individual or Family Talk customers can make unlimited calls through a 3G MicroCell, without using minutes in their monthly wireless voice plan. If you don't, you'll use your standard minutes while talking over a MicroCell connection.

Consumers who select 3G MicroCell calling plans at purchase are also eligible to receive a $100 mail-in-rebate toward the purchase of AT&T 3G MicroCell – effectively making the device about $50. Customers who also purchase a new line of broadband service with AT&T (DSL or U-verse 1.5MB or higher) are also eligible for $50 via mail-in-rebate– effectively making the device about $100.  If a customer is eligible for both rebate options, the customer will be able to get the device for $0, after mail-in rebate.  

For more information on AT&T 3G MicroCell, visit www.att.com/3gmicrocell.

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At the current rates that AT&T charges their customers, they should provide you with home phone service and internet as well!

They used to be the biggest landline-phone provider ever! Why couldn't they give their customers free unlimited home phone service? Instead they have to figure out another way to charge even more, on top of what they already charge?

Seems like this type of business plan will ultimately be backtracking itself into a Phone to Cable internet TV service with one large bundle price once you are at ease with paying all those fees. Then on the other hand Roadrunner will be forward tracking from cable TV/internet towards a cellular G5 service once you get used to those bundles as well.

Remember we all used to complain about 2dollar gas at one point as well. Soon we will be comfortable with 7Dollars a gallon and consider it "just normal?"

Although, without being to cynical...Any form of signal booster is always a good thing. I would just like to see them provide this sort of thing to their loyal customers for free!

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I won't be needing this :) if im at home... why don't i just use my home phone??? As for my 3g usage... i can use my wifi for connections... What was the real point in this?

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@Inspector - there are actually quite a lot of people who don't have home phones anymore and rely on their cell phone. It's these people that AT&T is marketing the Microcell to.

At first I thought you could only use this device with the $19.99 option, but if people can buy this outright and pay no more fees to AT&T then it's a much better deal. Why should people have to pay AT&T more money to improve their cell coverage?

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