Where can I buy a femtocell

Looking to buy your own femtocell? We've listed the known network operators who actively sell these, together with links to their websites where you can read about their offers.

This list is continually being updated, so if there isn't a femtocell from your current network operator today, bookmark this page to visit again soon.

This list is mainly residential femtocells. Some network operators offer femtocells to their business customers and don't list these on their websites. Others may provide them only to customers who complain or are about to leave. In some cases, the product is supplied free to higher value customers.

Residential Femtocells - for domestic or SOHO (Single Office/Home Office) use

 

Network Country Brand Name (and link to website) Purchase Price Monthly Fee Requires wireline broadband from same supplier Femtocell vendor Comments
AT&T USA 3G Microcell $159 0   ip.access/ Cisco Nationwide where ATT owns spectrum
China Mobile China H-Zone         10,000 commercially deployed in Suzhou. Uses TD-SCDMA 3G standard, rarely used outside China Mobile
China Unicom China 3G Inn       Huawei Mostly deployed in enterprises. 
Cosmote Greece Perfect Signal €90 0 No Huawei Probably discontinued - no mention on website
KDDI Japan au Femtocell Free Yes Airvana (now CommScope) Probably discontinued - no mention on website
MTS Russia Sure Reception 0 $15  No NEC/
Ubiquisys
Optional inclusive calls for $12/month. Larger 16 channel unit for $60/month
MoldTelecom Moldovia Femtocell Unite Lei 1699 (approx 100 Euro) 0 Yes Huawei Free rental to higher value customers.
Mosaic Wisconsin, USA Homecell Free to $200 $10   Ubiquisys/
NSN 
Probably discontinued - no mention on website
NTT DoCoMo Japan My Area ¥2100 ¥980 Yes Mitsubishi Probably discontinued - no mention on website
Optimus Portugal Sinal On € 99 €7.80 Yes Huawei  
Optus (Yes) Australia Homezone 0 AUS$5-10 No Alcatel-Lucent Optional unlimited calling plan for owner
Orange Poland Ekstra Sygnal zl 150
(US$40)
zl19 then zl50 No Alcatel-Lucent Probably discontinued. No longer mentioned on website.
SFR France Home 3G 0 0 No Ubiquisys €49 one-off price refunded on activation. 
Softbank Japan Femtocell Free Free   Ubiquisys (now Cisco) Free in areas of poor coverage. Free DSL provided if no broadband installed. 2 year postpaid subscription to mobile service
Sprint USA Airave $99 $5 No Airvana/
Taqua
(UbeeAirwalk, Samsung)
Samsung 2G now superceded by Airvana 3G model. Ubee/Airwalk supply larger units for enterprise. Taqua (now Sonus) provide core network.
Telefonica
(Movistar) 
Spain Mi Cobertura Movil   € 9 Yes Huawei/
Alcatel-Lucent
 
T-Mobile USA Personal Cellspot     No Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) Multimode 3G/4G 16 user. $25 deposit, rental fees not stated on website.
Verizon USA Network Extender $249 0 No Samsung Where Verizon own spectrum
Vodafone Czech

Private 3G Zone

$170 No 

Alcatel-
Lucent 

Same solution as other Vodafone group properties

Vodafone Greece

Full Sima

€90

0  

Huawei

Free to higher spending customers

Vodafone Hungary Mini Bazis Forint
29,900
+VAT (Approx US$160) 
0 No Alcatel-Lucent Larger Enterprise Femtocell also available
Vodafone Ireland Sure Signal €99 0   Alcatel-Lucent €49 if connected to Vodafone DSL broadband
Vodafone Italy Booster Privati

€129

0 No Alcatel-Lucent

€89 for ADSL Vodafone customers

Vodafone Netherlands SignaalPlus

€85

0 No

Alcatel-Lucent

8 channel model. Higher capacity product also available to larger businesses

Vodafone New Zealand

Sure Signal

NZ$ 349

0 Yes

Alcatel-Lucent

Latest DSL broadband modem included free if required;
Enterprise version also available NZ$ 1,033

Vodafone Portugal Sinal Max €149 0 No (Alcatel-
Lucent)

Up to 4 users

Withdrawn from public website

Vodafone Spain Voz y Datos Premium Free € 15 Yes (Huawei) Withdrawn (only available to enterprise customers)
Vodafone UK Sure Signal £100 0   Sagemcom £100 or free to higher spending customers

 

 

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#1 Simon said: 
Hey, I'm interested in getting a femtocell, but I wanted to get a femtocell that worked on all cellular networks. I read on your site that there probably may not be a femtocell with dual-mode, so does that mean I need to get a femtocell for each cellular network (GSM, CDMA...etc)?

Also I wanted to know do femtocells have software/firmwa re that go along with them?
+1 Quote 2015-07-05 18:24
 
#2 ThinkSmallCell said: 
@Simon: Femtocells are locked to a single cellular network, so yes you do have to get a separate femtocell for each network. Dual mode are still tied to a single network but can support both 3G and LTE modes. They do come with everything you need including software that is automatically updated and configured by your network operator - just plug it in and go.
+1 Quote 2015-09-03 16:13
 
#3 WPCJ said: 
I use Straight Talk cell phones but am on Sprint 3G CDMA. Because I did not buy my phones at Sprint, Sprint will not sell me a Femtocell. Is there a way around this. I live in a dead zone and need a good signal. Please help.
-1 Quote 2015-10-12 17:20
 
#4 ThinkSmallCell said: 
@WPCJ: It does sound like you could really do with a femtocell. Perhaps you could discuss with your Sprint retail store or call centre whether there's anyway around this, which might involve taking out a larger contract or contributing towards its cost. Threatening to leave sometimes helps but you have to be prepared to go through with that, although without an adequate service it seems less than worthwhile. Don't give up - it's great technology when you have one.
0 Quote 2015-10-21 12:39
 
#5 DR said: 
I've got a Cisco Residential Signal Box (USC3331) bought from EE in the UK - is it possible to change the firmware or reconfigure so that I can use it with T-Mobile in Germany ?
0 Quote 2017-01-01 12:47
 
#6 ThinkSmallCell said: 
@DR: Highly unlikely. These units are tightly configured for each operator and the unique serial number will identify which home network they belong to. The software and configuration are directly controlled by the network operator, and the potential support cost to adopt an unknown product from elsewhere is likely to be much higher than simply providing a new unit.
0 Quote 2017-01-09 08:51
 
#7 Ziad said: 
Let's say I have a working Vodafone UK femtocell. Would it still work abroad or are femtocells geo locked to work from UK internet IPs only?
0 Quote 2017-01-26 17:20
 
#8 shane said: 
i am currently researching for something like this and any information that you can provide would be awesome to make my life easier. i am after some sort of femtocell thingy that can be used in the philipines and the mobile signal that is currently in the area that i will be living in is patchy to non exsistant so any information that anyone can provide would be awesome. i need to have mobile, internet, wifi connections if possible. thanks.
+1 Quote 2017-02-12 00:44
 
#9 James said: 
I am looking for a femtocell LTE that supports local breakout. I have a hard time finding out what products support this feature.
Any recommendation?
0 Quote 2017-05-26 16:58
 
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