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Some people in the mobile market are touting femtocell offerings like Sprint’s Airave or T-Mobile’s @home as the newest technology that will revolutionize the mobile market, allowing people to drop their land lines and solely use mobile devices moving forward. While they do offer some advantages, femtocells have far from proven themselves and have some significant issues for users to consider:

• Femtocells are effective only in the home or building where they are installed, and they lock users into a monthly broadband subscription fee. They are not able to boost cellular coverage in a mobile environment.
• Signal improvement is generally limited to a set number of phones previously programmed into the femtocell during set-up.
• Femtocells, like the Airave and @home, are carrier specific and won’t boost signals for multiple individuals with differing carrier subscriptions.
• Perhaps most notably, femtocells require a high-speed Internet connection, something currently unavailable in many areas of the U.S.

Unlike femtocells, cellular amplifiers are not tied to a broadband connection. This eliminates additional monthly fees and provides help to those without access to broadband service. Amplifiers from Wilson Electronics boost all incoming and outgoing cellular signals within their frequency range, greatly reducing dead zones and dropped calls. It is important to note that Wilson cellular signal amplifiers in particular are type-accepted by the FCC and are available in a wide variety of wireless and direct-connection models.

The benefits of an enhanced cellular signal amplifier have encouraged many consumers to look into any and all technology that promises extended and enhanced signal reach. When evaluating technology, especially femotcells, pay attention to the details and limitations it may have. If looking for a mobile, accessible cell signal booster, you might want to consider a cellular signal amplifier instead.

Contributor - Walt Brooks, Wilson Electronics

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