Vodafone launches first femtocell service

Vodafone has announced that it will be selling its first femtocell service to UK consumers from 1 July. Users will be able to boost their mobile phone signals at home with the Vodafone Access Gateway.

The Vodafone Access Gateway us a small plug-in box that will significantly improve customers’ mobile phone signal in their homes, opening the door to better signals and more services.

Available online and in store from 1July, the Vodafone Access Gateway service is the first of its kind anywhere in Europe. A neat box, similar in size to a router, plugs straight into any home broadband line to bring customers improved and more reliable 3G coverage indoors.

Quick and easy to install, the Gateway works with all 3G handsets and can support up to four voice calls at any one time. Customers will no longer need to worry about missed calls on their mobiles due to inconsistent indoor coverage.

With the new Vodafone Access Gateway customers will be able to take advantage of the full range of Vodafone services via their handset anywhere in the home.

The Gateway is available from free or as part of an inclusive price plan from as little as £15 a month. It is also available as a one off purchase for £160 or a monthly charge from as little as £5.

“The Vodafone Access Gateway will boost indoor mobile phone coverage for customers who today, find they need to move around the rooms in their home to get a consistent signal strength,” says Ian Shepherd, consumer director, Vodafone UK. “We are committed to delivering the best, most reliable network and this is another step towards maintaining a seamless service.”

The Vodafone Access Gateway can be ordered from 1 July online or in Vodafone stores, and is delivered to the customer. Customers then register online the mobile numbers they want linked to the Vodafone Access Gateway and within 24 hours the full service will be ready and working.