Sprint And Verizon To Begin Selling 3G Femtocells Soon

It's about time, isn't it? AT&T's 3G MicroCell has offered support for 3G voice and data since the very beginning, but Sprint's Airave femtocell has only supported 1x voice and data. The femtocell itself has been out for years with little to no major improvements, but that's changing now. Sprint has confirmed that they are now selling 3G-supporting femtocells to select customers, with pricing and plans varying on a case-by-case basis.

We're guessing that the new 3G Airave will go on sale to the masses once these tests are completed, offering EV-DO Rev. A. voice and data support. If you aren't familiar with how a femtocell works, you plug a broadband Internet connection into the device, and it creates a makeshift cell tower for around 5,000 square feet. It's basically made for homes where cell reception is subpar, and reviews have generally been quite positive.

But adding 3G is a huge boon. Many home users were forced to rely on Wi-Fi for faster phone data, and phones without Wi-Fi were out of luck. And the good news is that Sprint isn't the only one; Verizon Wireless has confirmed that they will also offer a 3G femtocell "in the coming months," but no further details on pricing and such are mentioned.