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Drop and Give Me 10

Drop and Give Me 10
by Gary Woods

For those of you who love your AT&T phones, I'm looking at you iPhone users, when you're out and about but when you get home you get the occasional dropped call there's a solution out there begging to be tried.

That solution is AT&T's MicroCell which is a wireless router for your cell phone. The MicroCell plugs into your home or office network to generate a miniature cell signal which covers up to 5,000 square feet which should improve your signal strength substantially.

To make sure you don't get every Tom, Dick and Harry stopping by to use your Cell Signal you can configure the MicroCell so that only phones you approve, up to 10 different lines, and up to four at the same time can make calls from the unit.

MicroCell costs $20 per month which gives you free domestic calls in the United States as long as you're on your MicroCell or, you can have minutes deducted from the plans of the phones using the system.

To get the MicroCell for your very own it costs $150 and requires a broadband Internet connection. The only glitch I found with the unit is that it allows you to start a call on it and then leave your house, but it doesn't work the other way around. AT&T cell towers don't hand off calls to MicroCell. If dropped calls at your home or office are a problem check out MicroCell.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc