Unlike the previous voice-only version, which the operator launched in 2009, the new Network Extender from Samsung Corp. supports data as well as up to six users. But customers will have to part with US$249.99 to get one of these devices to improve the cellular coverage they get from Verizon in their home. (See More 3G Femtos Coming to the US, 3G Femto a 'Key Project' for Verizon? , and Verizon Intros Femtocell.)
The news means that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), as well as Verizon now offer 3G femtos in the US, although Sprint is handing out the devices only to certain customers on a case-by-case basis. Verizon says its 3G femto provides voice and data coverage when users are within 40 feet of the device.
In other femto news:
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile