AT&T 3G Microcell Debuts Nationwide

AT&T 3G Microcell Debuts Nationwide

Taryn Williford
Mar 29, 2010

We're sure you've heard the buzz about AT&T. The tech is great (The iPhone is a super-gadget, really), but the coverage stinks for most people. Instead of using "Mark the Spot" iPhone apps to tell AT&T to fix their weak spots, take charge yourself and install a cell phone tower in your place.

Ok, so it's not really a cell phone tower, but AT&T itself says it acts like a mini cellular tower. The AT&T 3G Microcell uses your in-home Broadband network to boost the cell phone signal for up to four users.

We first gave you a glimpse of this device last year, but the GPS-equipped device was previously only available to residents of Charlotte, North Carolina. Now, users anywhere (especially in the notoriously signal-spotty Apartment-Therapy cities of New York City and San Francisco) can take advantage.

Signal bars on an iPhone. Before and after the Microcell.

The AT&T 3G Microcell can boost signal strength to five bars for both voice and data in an area of about 5,000 square feet. If you're on a call and leave your Microcell's range, don't worry about dropping the call—it'll transition seamlessly to a normal cell signal.

It will work with any AT&T phone that's 3G-compatible. But don't worry about neighbors stealing your 3G—the Microcell can't be accessed by unauthorized users.

If you want the added signal strength, the AT&T 3G Microcell will cost $150. Yes, it's too much to pay for something that should be provided to regular wireless customers. But if you're at your wit's end wandering around your building to find bars, it might be worth it.

Via GeekSugar

(Images: Paul Stamatiou)

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