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AT&T Microcell review (continued)

About 4 years ago, we were living in a different house. Cellular coverage in that house was pretty spotty. At the time I decided to give the AT&T microcell a try.

It didn’t work for me

Fast forward  and we are in a different house. Unfortunately cellular coverage indoors is still spotty. 

Having had enough of dropped calls, I decided to walk over to the AT&T store last week. I asked the sales rep if he had a microcell in stock.

“Yes, we do. They are great. These things get about 5k feet of coverage”

“Wow, that’s awesome!”, I replied. So psyched. Of course 4 years in tech land would mean that my cell coverage woes were over. I handed over my credit card, he put the box in a nice bag and I was out the door. 

At home I opened the bag and couldn’t believe it. The exterior of the box had a picture of the microcell. And it looked exactly like the one I tried in 2010.

Okay, ever the optimist, I thought, they must love this form factor but I’m sure the hardware and software are different.

I was wrong. It’s the same exact device, warts and all. 

I’m (still) crushed. 

These things shouldn’t need a device sitting on my network. They should just gracefully switch from cellular to internet and back with ease.