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 07-07-2018 06:57 PM
Bill720
 
Total Wireless has served me very well for the past year, but I don't use enough data anymore to justify the cost. I intend to switch over to RedPocket in a few days and have decided to go to the AT&T side, as the signal is strongest where I'll need it the most. The one exception to this will be the Northern-Wisconsin family vacation center, where I've been testing with Verizon (Total Wireless) and AT&T (FreedomPop). Neither work terribly well, especially in the building. There is a Z-Boost "extender," but it is highly inconsistent at best. I can make/maintain voice calls successfully about 30% of the time on Verizon and have yet to experience anything but an unusably-weak signal on my FreedomPop phone.

With that in mind, I began reading about these Cisco MicroCell devices for AT&T, (that work similar to the Samsung/Sprint Airave) but was disappointed to learn that they require attachment to a postpaid plan on AT&T-proper. The good news is that I do have family on AT&T proper who use the facility as well. The question is what procedures and costs are involved with getting one of these on someone's account, and if it is possible to get the MVNO folks on it afterward.

With the Z-Boost repeater being ineffective, WiFi calling being off-limits, and the (satellite) Internet connection being the only reliable connection to the outside world, this seems to be the best choice, unless I'm missing something. Any thoughts?
 
 07-07-2018 07:02 PM
 hyelton
 
Originally posted by Bill720:
Total Wireless has served me very well for the past year, but I don't use enough data anymore to justify the cost. I intend to switch over to RedPocket in a few days and have decided to go to the AT&T side, as the signal is strongest where I'll need it the most. The one exception to this will be the Northern-Wisconsin family vacation center, where I've been testing with Verizon (Total Wireless) and AT&T (FreedomPop). Neither work terribly well, especially in the building. There is a Z-Boost "extender," but it is highly inconsistent at best. I can make/maintain voice calls successfully about 30% of the time on Verizon and have yet to experience anything but an unusably-weak signal on my FreedomPop phone.

With that in mind, I began reading about these Cisco MicroCell devices for AT&T, (that work similar to the Samsung/Sprint Airave) but was disappointed to learn that they require attachment to a postpaid plan on AT&T-proper. The good news is that I do have family on AT&T proper who use the facility as well. The question is what procedures and costs are involved with getting one of these on someone's account, and if it is possible to get the MVNO folks on it afterward.

With the Z-Boost repeater being ineffective, WiFi calling being off-limits, and the (satellite) Internet connection being the only reliable connection to the outside world, this seems to be the best choice, unless I'm missing something. Any thoughts?


Yea you would need an post paid account to attach it too. Red pocket won't support you with it so it would be a waste to call them. But yes it will work. It works with most AT&T Mvnos except cricket.

All you would need to do is get a microcell and activate it on a post paid account put the address where it's gonna be at and put the phone numbers you'd like. I have AT&T, Red Pocket GSMA and H2O on my microcell.

There's no monthly fee for a microcell. But you'd also have to be a customer to get one from AT&T but last I heard they don't sell them anymore in favour of WiFi calling etc. So you'd probably have to get on for sell locally or on eBay which usually run between $100-$200


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 07-07-2018 10:32 PM
Rojniles
 
Better make other plans. The micro cell is being discontinued probably by year end. They are no longer available for sale from AT&T.

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 07-07-2018 10:53 PM
 hyelton
 
Originally posted by e.mote:
>unless I'm missing something. Any thoughts?

You're missing your intended data usage. The solution varies according to the amount and speed of data, because it may cost a little or a lot of money.

You're also committing the same faux pas that most people want. You want good but cheap, and that equation rarely pans out. Repeaters & microcells cost money, and if you want one cheap, it'll be carrier-subsidized, which means being attached to a carrier plan.

Small (femto) cells are smart devices that are integrally tied into a carrier network, and consequently to a plan. If you want portability to a MVNO, you'll have to use a "dumb" device, ie a booster or repeater.

Alternatively, you can get a 3rd-party booster, which can cost a little or a lot of money (hence above missing info). The DIY route also requires tech know-how, viz booster's supported LTE frequencies. We're talking about an amp, some RF cabling, and hi-gain directional antennas.

Most people aren't techies, so they go for the carrier option. You need to pick your poison.



But microcells do work with MVNOs with AT&T anyway. And yes of course it needs to be attached to a carrier plan as it'll only activate with a postpaid account (which OP stated they can do)

Yeah didn't think of data, if you want it for data you'll want a booster not a microcell. Microcell is for texting/calling. Data is pointless


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 07-08-2018 12:08 AM
Rojniles
 
Any femtocell (example AT&T Micro cell) connect via your internet connection. If you have internet your data needs are satisfied. Femtocell is for voice and text. Consider Google Voice for WIFI calling.



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 07-08-2018 12:12 AM
 hyelton
 
Originally posted by e.mote:
>microcells do work with MVNOs with AT&T anyway.

Yes, they allow everybody to access the carrier network and not just the plan owner. But it needs to be on a carrier plan.

The free-for-all functionality can itself be a problem, if bandwidth is limited and there are multiple high-bandwidth uses. I've experienced this firsthand with the Sprint Magic Box. The problem is that the cell forces every nearby device to connect to it, and with a single connection to the tower, there is only so much bandwidth to go around.

>Microcell is for texting/calling. Data is pointless.

Nowaday, everything is about data. Don't know about the particular mentioned model, but small cells are specifically for data.


Incorrect. The phone does not need to be on a actual plan. It can be on prepaid, H2O red pocket A. , and whatever other AT&T MVNO there is except cricket.

People like myself there's no reason to need data as I have a fast enough cable connection, BUT there is a reason to have a microcell as there's no WiFi calling on prepaid or mvnos which my 2nd line is on red pocket and my parents lines are on H2O which work perfectly fine on my microcell.


And no the microcell is not free for all... it only is usable by the numbers whitelisted on the microcell account. (Unlike the Verizon network extender)

I don't think your understanding what the OP was asking for.


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