Both Sprint and AT&T are trying to carve out some new territory in your home or office by offering 3G Femtocells, presumably later this year. A Femtocell is a device that provides you with a mini-base station that basically route your calls and data, somewhat like a wireless router. The attraction here is for those folks who get a lousy signal inside their office or home. AT&T has said they will be ready by the end of 2009, and Sprint says that it will beat them to market.
Sprint had a 2G version of its femtocell available, and I’m not sure what the adoption rate on that was, but you did have to pay extra for the service, which I’m guessing kept it pretty low.
Fortunately in my case I wouldn’t need this in my home. It would come in handy at the office, but I can’t see the extra expense being worth it.
How about you? Is this something you would be interested in?
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