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    Article: AT&T handing out free 3G MicroCells as a market trial

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    Received a letter about this from ATT. But it seemed you had to renew 2 year contract. I didn't action yet. Waiting on the Samsung captivate haha

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    That doesn't seem right to me that they would make you up your contract if they cant provide decent coverage in your area. I would definitely argue that point with them and get one without strings attached as srl7741 has.

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    hmm. renew your contract for another 2 years? they should add a phone of our choice to that for a bigger discount than already offered.

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    Guess I jumped the gun and bought one at a retail store to quickly. I'm glad I did, I had no service at home before and the 3G microcell works great, but man, it would have been great to get it for free!

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    I did a writeup on these a few months back and for a lot of people, they are a great option. This model still uses your wi-fi connection to obtain the signal, correct? If so, I'm glad to see that AT&T dropped the ridiculous $200 price tag for the device, in addition to other charges since they are piggy-backing off of your internet service.

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    It uses your internet connection but it's hard wired. Ethernet cable is supplied along with the standard wall plugin.

    I'm only on day 2 but so far I'm glad I was able to get one. My signal around the house has never been better.
    I remember your original post on the appliance and I've still not changed my opinion from that time. If AT&T had not softened their stance on the cost it still would not be acceptable.

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    I've heard that these things are absolutely great.

    With the way ATT's 3G is, i am shocked they didn't start handing them out for free to everyone who purchased a 3G phone.

    As a side thing, I like the way Tmobile does the UMA thing. That's very smart. I wish more carriers did it that way rather than making you be dependent on equipment.

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    So is this being handed out only to iPhone users?

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    Yo man. How come I didn't get one of these shenanigans? I just upgraded too. Ima call these aholios

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    Hey all, just my $.02 -- Instead of all these 'Fembot cells' why not just have manufacturers put UMA in ALL wi-fi devices? T-mobile has done it for years, albeit with some handoff issues dependant on what OS your BB was running on. Some non-BB handsets haven't had any problems.
    I think the carriers bashing FASTEST THIS, LARGEST COVERAGE etc. havent looked at the big picture and forgot about the user. Why limit your coverage to where your 'femtocell' is, wi-fi is abundant - heck even podunk northeastern Pennsylvania has several cities that have city wide wifi availiable.
    Withe UMA - your device would be full coverage in ANY wifi area.

    Before the bashing, yes, I have considered the effect of multiusers on the free wifi as well, but i'd wager dollars to donuts all these free wi-fi clouds out there are underutilized by 50% or more.

    What are your thoughts......

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    ok heres a question, on UMA you had control of who could access your AP. on these things, are you able to restrict who can connect to them?

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    That effin' pisses me off--as a "High Churn" customer (I saw this designation accidentally on my account in the store once). Just paid $150 for this hunka plastic. Jury's still out on works:worth-it ratio.

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