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Verizon Wireless has introduced a new device that routes its cell phone traffic over a consumer's household broadband connection, effectively creating a mini cellular service network inside the user's home. The new box, called "Verizon Wireless Network Extender," is designed to let Verizon Wireless customers use their cell phones at home in situations where they don't typically have good service signals. The Verizon Wireless Network Extender acts as a small cellular base station, also known as a "femtocell."
How is this device going to improve you cell phone coverage when it routes it through your broad band. I live out in the country and I have a wireless broad band and my cell phones and broad band are both spotty.
T-Mobile offers a similar service (UMA) that helps offloading from their network but works with just a normal wifi wireless router and supported devices.. which most people already have at home if they have broadband.
This is a gag version of UMA except that you need yet another box sitting around.. UMA is great.. I used it to make and receive local New York calls and SMS while in Tokyo.. all across the internet. You could in theory do the same with this thing if you.. um, packed that thing in your luggage.. along with a voltage converter if necessary.. HA! Not the most well thought device.
It might make sense if they gave you the option of earning credit on your bill by providing service to other Verizon customers in range. ...kind of a mesh / mini cluster alternative to big tower cell networks.
It would be great if they would make a device that was a true mini tower that would pick up the closest land base tower and amp up the single for all of your wireless devices.
Read this one too... http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/New-Verizon-Femtocell-Service-Is-A-Bad-Joke-100473
It tells the real story.