FCC approves Verizon EV-DO femtocell

It looks like Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) may soon launch an EV-DO-based femtocell that delivers 3G data services in addition to voice. According to documents filed with the FCC, which were originally uncovered by Engadget, the Samsung-made femtocell supports up to eight simultaneous data connections. 

Verizon Wireless currently offers a femtocell that supports CDMA 1x service, called the Network Extender. In April, the FCC also approved a similar femtocell for Sprint (NYSE:S) that supports EVDO data connection speeds and landline VOIP service. 

Meanwhile, AT&T (NYSE:T) unveiled its femtocell product, which it calls a 3G MicroCell, at the CTIA Wireless 2010 conference in March. The 3G MicroCell was developed with Cisco and is available for $149.99.  

For more:
- see this Engadget post

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