How about making iPhone calls on your own personal cell tower? AT&T has test launched its femtocell solution for individual users, dubbed the MicroCell. This device is compatible with the iPhone 3G and 3GS.
MicroCell data speeds will be slower than the 7.2 Mbps the iPhone 3GS is capable of delivering, however they will achieve 3.2 Mbps, matching standard 3G speeds. The device allows users to make calls and send text messages using a 5,000 square foot local 3G network.
The AT&T MicroCell will require a broadband Internet connection, GPS reception, and will provide support for up to four simultaneously calling 3G mobile phones. If you're in the middle of a call and leave the area covered by the MicroCell, your signal will automatically be switched to the closest cell tower without interruption.
MicroCell is retailing for $150 and there is no monthly fee to use the service in addition to your current mobile service plan. AT&T is rolling out the MicroCell starting in North Carolina and plans to make the device available nationwide over the next several weeks.AT&T highlights the following features of the MicroCell:
- Enhanced coverage indoors – supports both voice and data up to 5000 square feet
- Available unlimited minute plans – individual or FamilyTalk plans
- 3G handset compatible – works with any AT&T 3G phone
- Supports up to four voice or data users at once
- Device is secure – cannot be accessed by unauthorized users, easy and secure online management of device settings
- Seamless call hand-over – start calls on your 3G MicroCell and continue without interruption, even if you leave the building