A Personal Femtocell for International Calling from Uniquisys: The Attocell

Written By Sam on 26 February 2011

A femtocell is a small cellular base station. It is designed for use in a home or in a small business and connects to the service provider’s network via broadband. A service provider can extend coverage indoors where access would be limited. Typical examples are Sprint’s AIRAVE, AT&T’s 3G MicroCell and Verizon’s Wireless Extender. For those who have difficulty in receiving signals indoors, this is just what they need.

This service had everything going for it but one: international calling. Now, this barrier too is overcome with the announcement of a new “Personal Femtocell”, the Attocell from Ubiquisys. It is designed to specifically work on international circuits. This is a USB enabled device which will allow users to use the Web connection overseas to generate a pathway for your cell phone and allow you to make calls.

This may not work in all regions. In some regions you can set your phone next to the dongle and use the Bluetooth headset to complete the call. Once plugged into a USB slot, it analyzes the IP address and the radio environment and determines which country it is in and sets the 3G radio power accordingly so as not to impact local networks.

Whether there will be fees per call or what the tariff structure will be is not clear but more details should be forthcoming when this device is released at the Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona. Prices should also be announced at that time.

Ubiquisys is the developer of 3G and LTE intelligent cells and this release is therefore no surprise. It will work out of the box with 3G enabled phones and has been tested on Blackberry, Nokia and Android smartphones.

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