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Verizon will bring femtocells to market in 2009 that work with any Verizon handsets

Many cell phone users find that indoor coverage can be spotty at best. Dead spots inside homes or offices make it hard to get a signal and talk without interference or dropped calls. This is especially problematic for users who only use cell phones.

One way to improve cellular coverage indoors is by using a device that resembles your typical wireless router, known as a femtocell. Verizon Wireless has announced that it will be selling its first femtocell early next year. Verizon had previously said that it would launch femtocells this year, what led to the delay is unknown.

Verizon isn’t the only cellular provider that is offering femtocells. Both Sprint and T-Mobile offer femtocells to customers. The femtocell connects the cellular phone of a user to the broadband internet connection in a home or office to route calls over the internet.

Like any other VOIP service, call quality is likely to be affected by the available bandwidth on the network at the time. Sprint's femtocell is far from the bargain users will hope for at $99.99 for the hardware and an additional $10 to $20 per month for the privilege of using the femtocell.

T-Mobile also offers a femtocell-like service from called HotSpot@Home and requires a special handset to use whereas the Sprint and coming Verizon femtocells will work with any handset. Verizon is still mum on how much its femtocell will cost and what fees the femtocell will carry monthly. Pricing is likely to be in line with what Sprint charges for its femtocell service.



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RE: Cell companies...uhg...
By dragonbif on 10/29/2008 2:33:22 PM , Rating: 2
I use vonage at home for $24 a month and I have a cell phone with only 400min and 5000 night and weekend (free moble to moble). I dont mind having 2 phones and that way I do not have to give out my cell number if I do not want to and vonage lets me block numbers for free. If they are going to charge $20 a month to use that thingy to do what vonage does people should just get a home phone. I have never had a problem and I am pushing 4 years of service.


RE: Cell companies...uhg...
By feraltoad on 10/30/2008 3:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
Excellent point! Plus, if cell customers are paying for call forwarding anyway the people calling their cells would never know it was being sent thru vonage.


RE: Cell companies...uhg...
By Spivonious on 10/30/2008 9:55:54 AM , Rating: 2
And if you don't need more than 500 minutes each month, Vonage has a $15/month plan.


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