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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 cocoviper on 10/31/2008 2:04:33 PM , Rating: 2
The companies aren't charging for the service, they're still charging for the hardware per month.

For instance, the Sprint Airave costs $99 for the end user plus some fee in the $5-20/ mo range (depending on the plan types and options that you want). But the Airave itself is physically costing Sprint somewhere in the range of $230-300.

Market studies show that consumers, specifically American consumers like the thought of paying $99 + 5/ mo a lot more than $300 flat. I mean anyone that wanted to pay the flat rate would essentially be paying for 3+ years of monthly service upfront. I certainly don't see the point in that.


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