AT&T unveils nationwide femtocell offering

LAS VEGAS--After months of testing, AT&T Mobility announced it is taking its femtocell nationwide in April.

ATT's 3G Microcell femtocellThe device, called the 3G MicroCell, will allow residential customers to route their voice calls and data connections through a home broadband connection and is part of a wider plan to offload more traffic from the company's macro cellular network. The 3G MicroCell was developed with Cisco and will be available for $149.99. AT&T said that customers will be able to activate the device the same day it is purchased, and that customer support will be provided.

Voice calling minutes used through the MicroCell will affect only the account of the phone making the call--there is no requirement to purchase separate service for the 3G MicroCell. However, AT&T will offer MicroCell customers the option to purchase unlimited calling via the MicroCell for $19.99 per month. Consumers who select that plan will be eligible to receive a $100 mail-in-rebate toward the purchase of a 3G MicroCell.

The carrier began femtocell trials in September.

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