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AT&T announced today that they intend to begin offering the 3G MicroCell nationally starting mid April. If you missed our previous articles about the MicroCell, the device is designed to create a sort of personal cell tower in your home, allowing you to finally make calls on your iPhone if you live in an area where cell reception is poor. There is a one-time cost of $150 and no monthly fees, although for an additional $20 per month users can make unlimited phone calls using the MicroCell without using any of their phone's voice plan minutes. There are two rebates available to bring down the cost of the MicroCell. Customers who opt for the additional monthly calling plan will receive a $100 rebate on the purchase of the MicroCell, and new subscribers to AT&T's broadband service (DSL or U-Verse 1.5MB or higher) can receive a $50 rebate.
AT&T has just announced that they're now expanding the areas in which you can get one of those cool, little 3G MicroCell boxes. You know, the ones that create your own little AT&T cell tower using your home Internet connection?
In addition to North Carolina (AT&T's initial test area), the MicroCells are now available in parts of Georgia, South Carolina, San Diego, and Las Vegas. If you'd like to check for MicroCell availability in your area, head to att.com/3GMicroCell and enter your ZIP code.
Following significant attention for his comments last week suggesting that the company is looking at tiered pricing for data plans to rein in high-use customers, AT&T Mobility Chief Executive Ralph de la Vega appears to now be downplaying that suggestion.
Instead, de la Vega has stated that the carrier will give customers incentives to limit their use of its wireless network for surfing the Internet or downloading mobile applications.
Assorted user reports have emerged citing that AT&T's new 3G MicroCell has been test launched in the Charlotte, North Carolina market, with a $150 price tag and no required monthly fees. According to GearLog, an AT&T representative has stated that the femtocell device provides 3.2Mbit/sec 3G service, which is on par with AT&T's existing towers in areas of ideal service, but not the maximum 7.2MBit/sec speed supported by the iPhone 3GS.
The details are still sparse, but according to Mac Rumors, AT&T's official 3G MicroCell web site is now up and running and users can get some quick video overviews as to what the finished product looks like.