updated 05:55 pm EST, Mon February 9, 2009
iPhone 3G MicroCell update
Apple's recent iPhone carrier settings update appears to contain files for AT&T's upcoming 3G MicroCell technology. MobileCrunch claims that the update includes two M-Cell icon files that will be displayed on the menu bar when the handset is connected to the local signals. Along with the icons, TUAW readers have noted that company has added carrier information for the Mobily network in Saudi Arabia and etisalat in the United Arab Emirates. Both countries could see an iPhone 3G launch as early as next week.
The 3G MicroCell provides an in-home cellular hub in locations where coverage is poor. The system connects to the handset via 3G, routing the voice and data information through an existing broadband connection, with support for up to four simultaneous users.
Pricing and ship dates for the 3G MicroCell have yet to be announced. The company is likely to offer several different services, ranging from an individual plan to a family package featuring unlimited calling through the MicroCell connection. [via ComputerWorld]