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Sprint plans 3G femtocell before AT&T

updated 02:55 pm EDT, Thu July 2, 2009

Sprint 3G Femtocell Soon

Sprint this week staked its ground and claimed it would be the first US carrier to have a 3G femtocell. The company was already the first American firm to have any kind of femtocell in the Samsung Airave but now says to Unstrung that it should beat AT&T to having a device that can share 3G data with the home, improving reception for some smartphones and other devices that don't have their own Wi-Fi. Most current femtocells only boost voice service by creating a miniature cellular signal that pipes all data through a home Internet link.

No mention has been made of which company would make the femtocell or when it would be released. Samsung is a likely candidate, but Cisco currently makes AT&T's in-testing 3G femtocell. These newer devices normally add GPS to provide both location services as well as to prevent customers from abusing the femtocell outside of the carrier's coverage area.

by MacNN Staff



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