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Frustrated iPhone users, who can’t access the AT&T (NYSE: T) network reliably from home, look no further: AT&T has announced a “microcell,” which allows you to use your home broadband connection to create a mini cell site right in your house.
AT&T’s network problems have been well-documented as the iPhone and other smartphones have maxed out the company’s capacity. Now, it’s providing some relief — without having to fix every single gap in the country itself — by selling a 3G MicroCell. It will start rolling out in mid-April, and will be available for $150.
The microcell will allow access to up to 10 approved phone lines. It’s free on a monthly basis, but for $20 a month, users can get unlimited voice minutes when in the home. If users opt for the monthly unlimited plan, they can receive a $100 mail-in-rebate for the device. Additionally, if customers sign up for AT&T’s broadband service (DSL or U-verse), they are eligible for a $50 mail-in-rebate.