Monday, January 26, 2009

Verizon Unleashes $250 Non-3G Femtocells

The much anticipated femtocell product from the #1 US operator is now available for sale according to this AP story. Verizon Wireless Network Extender is basically a $250 device that behaves like a WiFi router, but instead emits a mobile wireless signal...creating a mini celltower with a 5,000 foot range for the home . The idea is that the pervasive, quality connections the product facilitates will motivate consumers to drop their landlines. Of course, by virtue of having this product Verizon Wireless is basically admitting that some subscribers aren't getting the full support of that dorky guy and his posse from the TV ads. The other non-good thing about this product is that it broadcasts a 1x RTT CDMA signal as opposed to EV-DO so it won't help with 3G services like V CAST.

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