Cell Tower in Your House

This is what I need: my own “femtocell,” a cellular phone base station that you can put in your home. It connects through your broadband Internet to give your phone a strong signal. I don’t use a landline, and despite being in Boston my connections are sometimes embarrassingly poor, often losing the signal mid-call. So what I really need is for Sprint to put up more towers. But that’s not likely.

Even better would be if my phone could just switch to Wi-Fi and make VoIP calls whenever possible.

But all these things involve involve giving the customer more and better choices, something cellular phone manufacturers and service providers seem reluctant to do.

One Comment

  1. T-Mobile’s “HotSpot @Home” service uses Wi-Fi to improve coverage in the home. It’s available today. In fact, yesterday T-Mobile just launched the RIM Pearl with the “HotSpot @Home” capability. There is a pretty good lineup of handsets available.

    It will be a while before Sprint ever gets their femtocell service to Boston.

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