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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 amanojaku on 10/29/2008 2:42:38 PM , Rating: 2
If you think your broadband is expensive try paying business rates for network bandwidth. OC-192's aren't cheap, and the number of people using cellphones can fill up a pipe that large easily (~19,000,000 calls over a 10Gbit/sec connection.)

Oh, and companies are always looking for ways to make more money.


RE: Cell companies...uhg...
By Jellodyne on 10/29/2008 2:58:19 PM , Rating: 3
OC-192s aren't cheap, but once you spread the cost out among the 19 million callers its suprisingly affordable.


RE: Cell companies...uhg...
By amanojaku on 10/29/2008 3:04:11 PM , Rating: 2
Until you realize you need more than one. In every exchange point.


RE: Cell companies...uhg...
By drebo on 10/29/2008 3:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
Bandwidth is an overhead cost of doing business that they need to pay for whether or not people are using femtocells. However, which do you think is more economical: maintaining a single (or a couple) connections into a single data center, or maintaining/leasing capacity on cell towers/antennas throughout the company?

Through the use of the femtocell, the infrustructure (the internet) is no longer solely the responsibility of Verizon. I would bet my job that the bandwidth cost of a VoIP call over the internet is far cheaper than the cost of the slot on the cell tower as well as the same bandwidth required to get that call back to the switch. Remember, they're paying for that bandwidth already. With femtocells, they can now reduce their usage of cell towers. That's where the savings is.


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