The femtocell shakedown – AT&T sinks to new lows

I have always had a philosophical problem with femtocells. Your carrier has awful coverage in your house, so they SELL you a box to plug into your home network. Maybe they charge you a monthly fee as well, maybe not. But of course the best for them is that while you are using your own bandwidth, you are not using their network. No matter.

If you use AT&T, while you are off-net and using your fixed line DSL or cable bandwidth via the femtocell, any data you consume counts – wait for it – toward your monthly data caps on AT&T. Truly this is one of the ballsiest moves by a carrier to charge you for something they didn’t give you. To be fair, I haven’t checked if Verizon does the same thing, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

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2 thoughts on “The femtocell shakedown – AT&T sinks to new lows

  1. Rich Lee

    Paul,
    I have a Verizon femtocell, and it is no extra charge for data, but yes they are charging by the GB or MB however you chose to route it.

    Voice is already unlimited used on either route through the network.

    Rich

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