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iPhone users receive free mini cellphone towers from AT&T

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(Read caption) iPhone 4 user? Unhappy with AT&T's service? You may qualify for a free MicroCell.

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The Verizon iPhone will hit store shelves next week, and as we recently noted, the long-awaited device has received rave reviews for its clear, consistent voice service. Of course, clear and consistent service is what some AT&T customers have long lacked, and since the official unveiling of the Verizon iPhone, AT&T has been scrambling to ensure that its customers don't jump ship.

The latest tactic: Free MicroCell units.

(What's a MicroCell, you ask. It basically acts as a mini cellphone tower. Learn more about their ups and downs here.)

According to Ars Technica, AT&T has offered at least a handful of iPhone users a coupon for a MicroCell, which helps improve 3G service in a small area, such as a cubicle or an office. There are caveats, of course: to qualify for the MicroCell, you have to agree to stay with AT&T for another year. If you bail on AT&T before that year is up, you'll pay a pro-rated fee for the MicroCell.

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