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Wednesday September 23, 2009 9:27 pm

AT&T 3G MicroCell reviewed: It works, and it’s a rip-off

AT&T 3G MicroCell

There’s been a lot of hype and discussion surrounding the 3G MicroCell, and now we’ve got a review from someone who actually purchased one. As a refresher, this device is designed to significantly boost both the voice and data signal in your home by using your own home broadband network. In other words, if the AT&T network sucks enough in your area that you can barely get through a call to Domino’s without it dropping, you can now pay AT&T even more money to get the reception that you should already be getting as part of your monthly payment plan. Oh, and the AT&T 3G Microcell also boasts additional feature options, like unlimited talk time, for additional cost. 

So far, only the community of Charlotte, NC actually has them for purchase , and the device sells for $150. Ouch. One buyer reports that the device works as planned, and that before the purchase, they had one bar of EDGE coverage in their home, and now reports five bars connected to 3G.

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Hey Matthew,

In my opinion, it isn’t fair to the customer. Here’s something I just sent in email:

AT&T is expecting their customers who aren’t appropriately covered by the AT&T cell towers to pay to augment their network, $150 up front, plus $20 per month ($240 a year.) The product will then use your home broadband connection, which you also pay for (and AT&T is now taking advantage of,) to provide better service for your mobile phone, as well as the phones of anyone in your general area.

To me, if it is necessary for a customer to use one of these devices because AT&T’s coverage is spotty in their home, then AT&T should lease it to the customer for a nominal monthly fee, similar to a cable box.

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