AT&T 3G MicroCell nationwide rollout begins in mid-April
Dead spots and connectivity issues in the home could be a thing of the
past for some U.S. iPhone users next month, when AT&T begins the formal
nationwide rollout of its 3G MicroCell service.
AT&T, the exclusive carrier of Apple's iPhone in the U.S., announced
Wednesday that it would begin the national rollout of the 3G MicroCell
in mid-April. New markets will be activated in cities across the
continental U.S. over the next several months, the company said.
The nation's second-largest wireless provider revealed that there will
be no additional costs, other than the purchase of the 3G MicroCell
device, for using the 3G MicroCell service, as minutes used through the
hardware affect the account of the phone making the call. Individual or
Family talk subscribers can pay $19.99 per month to make unlimited calls
through the special femtocell hardware device.
The 3G MicroCell hardware will cost $149.99, but comes with a $100 mail
in rebate for customers who select a MicroCell calling plan. In
addition, customers who purchase a new line of broadband service with
AT&T are also eligible for a $50 mail-in rebate. Those who select both
could receive the hardware for free.
The hardware blankets a 5,000 square foot area, about a 40 foot radius
from the device, to provide voice, data and text service coverage in
areas that might otherwise be a "dead zone" for cell phone reception.
The hardware supports up to four users making simultaneous calls, and up
to 10 on 3G standby available for incoming calls and messages.
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