That would be the AT&T Microcell. But the phone must support 3G to work with it.
If he is using the Sprint AIRAVE, then you can't piggyback; it only works on Sprint products (at least according to their literature).AntAltMike said:If getting internet cellphone transmission would require that I upgrade to a more expensive data tier of service, I could consider it, but that is not of much value to me at present, as I get free Verizon internet via "cable" here paid for by my landlord, and if it is possible for the Verizon internet to be used carry my cell broadcast signal, could I simply "piggyback" off his nearby Sprint interfacing unit or would the needed interface device also be proprietary to my provider and possibly unique to me as a customer?
I see lots of them selling on eBay for $60 to $80 as Buy-it-Now, and those prospective buyers who are not in a rush can do better in conventional, time interval auctions.klang said:I've had the AT&T Microcell at home for a few years and it works great. I think I paid $150 for mine but I have read of people in fringe areas getting them for free.
They need a GPS connection during setup. I assume it is a requirement for 911.AntAltMike said:Some Microcell product descriptions say that in addition to the internet connection, they also require a supplied external antenna, which they recommend to be placed near a window. I don't see why such a terrestrtial antenna would be needed.
Why does the AIRAVE™ Access Point need a GPS antenna?
The AIRAVE has a GPS antenna so that it can:
- Synchronize properly with the rest of Sprint's network.
- Determine and select the correct radio frequencies available in your area so that the AIRAVE uses the correct ones.
VZW gave one to me for my office at no charge as well. Of course, the threat of my entire office switching providers if they didn't may have had something to do with that.djlong said:Be warned. You're basically telling your cell phone provider "Sure, charge me for the device that will hit my data caps from my ISP even MORE than I already am".
Now, voice doesn't have nearly the impact of video - but the whole idea of Sprint, Verizon or any other cell provider charging you so that you can use YOUR resources to make up for THEIR shortcomings always struck me as a bit sleazy. The idea that Sprint may now be GIVING these devices away is at least a little nicer