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Verizon and AT&T's femtocells boost coverage, but not without a catch

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Have spotty wireless phone coverage at home? A femtocell could be for you.

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These book-sized devices act as mini cellphone towers when connected to a home broadband network, bathing a 5,000 square-foot area in glorious phone coverage. Walk outside of the device's coverage area, and calls are seamlessly transferred to the regular cellular network.

Sprint already offers a femtocell called Airave, but Verizon and AT&T have just this week released details (AT&T by mistake on its website, apparently) of their entrants into this relatively new field of tech. Both companies just announced strong fourth-quarter earnings reports, despite big revenue losses from canceled landline service, and some see femtocells as a way for them to get back into the home. Shoddy cell service in your house? Set up a femtocell for guarenteed reception.

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