Review AT&T MicroCell – No reception? Buy it.

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AT&T's new MicroCell device is a Cisco branded device that connects to your internet connection (DSL, Cable, etc.) and provides 3G and cell phone reception up to 5000 sq ft from the device.  T-mobile attempted something similar years ago with its @home service that required you to purchase a T-mobile branded linksys router and charged $20/month to use a special wifi compatible phone.  AT&T's offering appears to be a more graceful option already.

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AT&T's micro-cell requires that you authorize AT&T phone numbers to use the AT&T Micro-cell signal, up to 5 numbers are allowed.  Once connected 3g data and phone calls will be routed over your internet service to AT&T servers.  Its basically a personal cell-tower for your home or office.

The device is $150.00 one-time purchase and AT&T minutes work as usual - unless you sign up for the $20/month M-cell plan.  This special plan allows for unlimited domestic calling via the M-cell device.

Also there is currently a $100 rebate for those that sign up for the $20/month M-cell plan.

Is it worth it?  Expect some drops(not as many as before :D ) and different call quality (not terrible, but not the same as regular AT&T cell service).  In areas with poor reception this device is a must have.

http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/why/3gmicrocell/

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/ns341/ns973/att_microcell.html