AT&T has announced their femtocell service, which routes your calls and data through your home broadband for better reception. It’s called the AT&T 3G Microcell, and – surprise, surprise – it costs money to improve your crappy home reception
Actually, the offers aren’t that bad. For $150, you can get a Microcell without an additional service plan and reliably use your AT&T mobile as your home phone. Those calls count against your minutes, but for $20 a month, they don’t and you get a $100 discount on the Microcell. Not worthwhile for a single user, but multiple users could see some savings. There’s another $50 discount if you sign up for AT&T DSL.
With the right plans and multiple users, it is possible to save some money here. It’s also a fine enough deal if you live in an unavoidably dead zone. But for a lot of people, it’s just an added cost to get the coverage you should already get.