We are not surprised that AT&T has moved in this direction and is now taking steps to likely give away the product for free and eventually inside of their U-Verse. We speculated earlier this year that AT&T was going to spend almost $1 billion on free femtocells and infrastructure and this is just the beginning. We have also heard rumors that AT&T has been testing other femtocell manufacturers and this could be a way to move some inventory "off the shelf". We think this version for $180 as a stand alone MicroCell is going to be obsolete very soon AT&T starts to embed a Microcell inside AT&T's U-Verse Set-Top Box DVR.
We are not quite sure what criteria will get you the "valuable customer" status yet but here are some ideas below that might help get you a free MicroCell.
- Find out when and if your market has the MicroCell available
- Use Dead Zones Map map to share reception problems in your neighborhood
- Complain a lot to customer service that your home reception stinks
- Document your dropped calls on a daily basis
- Show AT&T that you have been a customer for many years
- Show AT&T that you have multiple AT&T iPhone's and iPad's in the house
- Show AT&T that you have multiple subscribers in the house
- Show AT&T that you are an AT&T U-Verse customer
- Become friendly with your local AT&T store sales manager
- Find out when your contract expires and use renewal as leverage
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