Are you like me where you can barely get a signal from your cell phone in your home? Well, cell phone providers have figured out a way to eliminate poor signals in your home where you need a strong signal the most. Now introducing what is called “The Femtocell”.
You are probably saying “A femtowhat”? Trust me, I said the same thing. A femtocell is basically a mini cell phone tower that is designed for use in a home or a small business. It uses your existing broadband internet connection to provide the 5 bars of cell phone coverage we are all looking for. With femtocells, the days of standing outside or near your window to get a signal will be over.
Femtocells look similar to wireless routers and are used to route cell phone calls through broadband internet connections and then back to cellular networks. A phone call is made from someone’s cell phone, and as it is being made it is redirected to the femtocell device, then sent through your internet connection and from there is redirected back to the cell network. Even writing that made my head hurt.
Femtocells allow cell phone users to get better signal in indoor areas where before they had little or no service because of a dead zone. Another added benefit of using a femtocell within your home involves better data performance which results in a better experience with music, photos, and live video on your cell phone.
At this time most femtocells can support up to 5 cell phones at one specific time and they work with all major cell phone signal types. This means that a femtocell can be used with most major U.S. carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.
Most wireless customers should be able to purchase femtocells direct from their cell phone company. This would generally include availability from electronics retailers such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart.
AT&T is offering their version for a one-time fee of $150, although I have heard of some people receiving one for free if they complain enough. Verizon’s offering when it goes on sale should be available for around $250 dollars. Sprint’s variation of the femtocell sells for around $50 with a $15 a month single line plan or a $30 a month family plan.
In summary, many of you are probably asking yourselves, do I need this contraption? The answer to that question is, maybe. If you live in an area that does not have great coverage then I would suggest looking in to one. I myself might be forced to get one because no matter the cell phone provider, I just do not get any kind of signal at my home. Shelling out $150 (yes I am on the dreaded AT&T network) for a usable phone at home is worth it in my opinion. If you have a good signal at home then you probably do not need to worry about it.
If you have any questions at all or would like help determining if you actually could use a femtocell then do not hesitate to contact Kotori Technologies.