UPDATE: Looks like the answer is no. See below in bold for more details.
Poor cellular coverage at home can be solved with a MicroCell, a portable cell tower built for the home. It’s a solution that could help many in Orange County who have indoor reception issues with AT&T and, most likely, their iPhone. The promise? 5 bars anywhere inside the house!
While AT&T’s MicroCell experiment began a year ago, the service is available in certain areas like San Diego County. The company has still not officially launched the service, which uses a home’s high-speed Internet to improve cellular reception indoors. Tech sites criticized AT&T since the belief was AT&T would offer the MicroCell by the end of 2009.
But spotted on a user message board, at least one poster who said he’s from Irvine, said his MicroCell was turned on in Irvine. Has anyone else had success? Share the details please!
UPDATE: One reader has left a comment below saying he is the guy who posted that he got a MicroCell in Irvine. Way too much trouble. See his comment. (Updated at 11:57 a.m. Jan. 26)
Of course, AT&T officials won’t confirm it. This is all they would tell me:
“We recently began a controlled rollout of AT&T MicroCell, but we have not yet announced a date for the wider launch. Our AT&T 3G MicroCell pilot program is currently being conducted in San Diego and in parts of North Carolina (including Charlotte and Raleigh), South Carolina (including Columbia) and Georgia (including Atlanta). We will certainly keep you updated when service becomes available in Orange County.”
While the AT&T stores in Orange County aren’t selling MicroCells, you may be able to convince a store in San Diego to let you get one. Here’s a list of San Diego stores that AT&T’s web site says will sell you one:
AT&T store with MicroCell Phone Number 1560 Leucadia Blvd. Ste D, Encinitas, CA 92024 760-635-4363 1268 Auto Parkway, Ste. B, Escondido, CA 92029 760-432-4200 2011 Camino del Este North, San Diego, CA 92108 619-293-4630 12873 El Camino Real, Ste M-1, San Diego, CA 92130 858-793-4888 50 Town Center Pkwy, Unit A, Santee, CA 92071 619-448-1798 2883 Jamacha Blvd., El Cajon, CA 92019 619-660-6075 555 Broadway, Ste. 1070, Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-427-0126
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