This news story on TechCrunch caught my eye this morning, "Cisco Is Buying Ubiquisys For $310M For A Big Move Into Mobile Coverage With Femtocells And Small Cells
." Which reminded me that I had intended to post some information here on femtocells
(link to a very thorough article on Wikipedia).
As Wikipedia has already covered it, I will limit my comments to this: If you love your smartphone, but you live in an area with less-than-adequate cellular servicee, you should look into this. As stated in the Wikipedia article, " a femtocell is a small, low-power cellular base station, typically designed for use in a home or small business." You connect it to your broadband connection, your smartphone connects to it, and "Voila!"
Also, for those folks with WiFi related smartphones...you have your WiFi enabled and connected to your wireless router on your wired broadband connection whenever you can, right?
Verizon Wireless's Femtocell, "Network Extender"
AT&T's Femtocell, "AT&T 3G Microcell"
Cisco Licensed Femtocell
Zacks Investment Research, "Femtocell - The Emerging Wave," by Zacks Equity Research, January 02, 2013