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  • iPhone Carrier Update = AT&T MicroCell Coming Soon


    An iPhone Carrier Settings Update was pushed out by iTunes recently. What's in it? Among carrier images for some new carriers like the UAE's Emirates (iPhone should be coming to them in a week or so), carrier images for AT&T's MicroCell (site under maintenance at time of story writing) service are now included. MicroCell is essentially a tiny cell tower which gets 3G signal from broadband internet.


    (image from MobileCrunch)

    Here's AT&T's description of MicroCell:

    AT&T 3G MicroCell acts like a mini cellular tower in your home or small business environment. It connects to AT&T's network via your existing broadband internet service (such as DSL or cable) and is designed to support up to 10 3G capable wireless phones in a home or small business setting. With AT&T 3G MicroCell, you receive improved cellular signal performance for both voice calls and cellular data applications, like picture messaging and surfing the web for up to 4 simultaneous users.
    Pricing and release date have not been released for the MicroCell. An AT&T spokesperson told ModMyi only that "we have not yet announced this product." Sprint and Verizon (both CDMA providers, not GSM like AT&T) have similar devices - the AIRAVE by Sprint and Verizon's Network Extender. Sprint charges only $99 for the box, but adds a $4.99 monthly fee. Verizon charges a one-time $249 fee for the box. The MicroCell will allow for full 3G UMTS voice AND data.

    Commercial devices for extending your cell reception can often run $300-600, so neither of these prices are too bad. We'll see how AT&T competes.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Carrier Update = AT&T MicroCell Coming Soon started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 55 Comments
    1. Blik's Avatar
      Blik -
      Stupid Update messed up my custom carrier name. It went back to AT&T.........I went and SSH'd my custom ones back into the right folder and it asked to over write and i said yes.........but it won't change..........I re-booted and re-sprung. Nothing I do the AT&T will not change..............

      Stinking AT&T
    1. djames04's Avatar
      djames04 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rescuer View Post
      I have actually been waiting for this.

      the cell coverage inside my home sucks and it's not good enough to talk on.

      I have a normal AT&T landline that I pay $40~ a month for, and the only time I use it is when somebody calls my cell phone, I answer it and tell them that I'll call on my landline. Or sometimes I forward my calls to the landline.

      but if I had perfect cell coverage, I would be able to cancel my landline and save that $40 a month.
      That is precisely why we are doing it as well. People aren't using home phones like they used to. We don't just sell mobile phones; we sell DirecTV, U-Verse, DSL, & Home Phone service as well.

      We create sticky customers if we can combine your bill for the home to your cell phone bill.

      In todays world, we don't use home phones like we used too because our cell phones are attached to our hands. Everyone needs a cell phone and not everyone needs a home phone.

      The MicroCell will help those without service in their area and help service those who don't want a home phone.
    1. SlamSpam's Avatar
      SlamSpam -
      The next wave of handset coverage, for use in both commercial and residential. Great business plan for the carrier to get customer to pay for equipment & backhaul This is not good for the landline business. Cable providers will be winners here too. But in the current economy, it will be interesting to see how many pay up.
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Would be nice if they offered a lower price to customers in areas where they have no 3G service (based on their 3G map coverage online and installation based on GPS).
    1. sickchris714's Avatar
      sickchris714 -
      umm i jus update that att thing but it changed my custom carrier back to the original. ssh to put the custom ones on and nothing happened. plz help?
    1. pixelation03's Avatar
      pixelation03 -
      I have a 3G that I just Jailbroke last week.

      Is this update going to affect anything I've done (aside from a custom carrier logo)?
    1. Foxy34's Avatar
      Foxy34 -
      does this in any way affect the jailbreak?? i have version 2.2, and don't want 2.2.1 yet. does this update change your version or modem firmware??
    1. GADeputy's Avatar
      GADeputy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Foxy34 View Post
      does this in any way affect the jailbreak?? i have version 2.2, and don't want 2.2.1 yet. does this update change your version or modem firmware??
      My iPhone is just like yours. I haven't updated to 2.2.1 yet either. I went ahead and did the carrier update and didn't lose anything. It only took a second or two. Now my phone seems to have a stronger signal..... or maybe it's just me imagining that it's stronger.
    1. shawn o's Avatar
      shawn o -
      Same here, it changed my carrier icons back to original. SSHd and changed the files to my modified ones. Still, the files show as original...

      I rebooted before and after changing the carrier icons and still nothing.

      Help!

      I tried using Winterboard to change them and that work but I like to do it manually to ensure good phone performance.

      Quote Originally Posted by sickchris714 View Post
      umm i jus update that att thing but it changed my custom carrier back to the original. ssh to put the custom ones on and nothing happened. plz help?
    1. Chad711's Avatar
      Chad711 -
      I don't get this. This is suppose to make my 3G network stronger when I AM AT HOME with my broadband signal??? That doesn't make sense. My phone is on my broadband network when I walk in the door....

      Am i misunderstanding this? I must be
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      1)Not everyone has wireless at home
      2) can you make calls with your mobile over your wireless network?

      This doesn't appear to be that useful to most people but I'm sure there is a market for it.
    1. Chad711's Avatar
      Chad711 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      1)Not everyone has wireless at home
      2) can you make calls with your mobile over your wireless network?

      This doesn't appear to be that useful to most people but I'm sure there is a market for it.
      Yes I can make calls over my wirless network. What does my wireless network have to do with making a call?
    1. zoti's Avatar
      zoti -
      Any updates on the MicroCell? Reception at my house is bad and I drop calls all the time. AT&T confirmed that reception is bad at my house even though it's great all around the city. I'm getting pretty pissed off that they can't do anything about it.
    1. SharpieBandit's Avatar
      SharpieBandit -
      Well when I bought my 3GS I asked and one lady refused to acknowledge what I was talking about and another said late summer. So take that for whatever you think it's worth.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Quote Originally Posted by ghandioncesaid View Post
      Why is it that everyone here is always pissed off? AT&T is offering an optional solution and suddenly it becomes a shooting range. If you all feel so raped by your carrier, switch.
      well to switch with iPhone you have to unlock which is a more complex than jail breaking and has more issues.
      I think people are pissed that without unlocking AT&T is the ONLY choice , hence no competition , hence bad service for high price. I (and I think most AT&T iphone users) think AT&T has lousy service and coverage now, so the idea that we should pay more to get what we should be getting now kind of pisses people (myself included) off. If we could just switch carriers without having to unlock then I think most would.

      Oh and I get bad service standing in the middle of Silicon Valley, outside, no concrete buildings.