Samsung brings femtocell to Verizon

The Verizon Wireless Extender from Verizon Wireless can boost indoor call quality.

The Extender can boost indoor call quality. Samsung

Samsung announced Monday that it's bringing its femtocell base station to Verizon Wireless. The Verizon Wireless Extender is similar to the Sprint Airave, which Samsung introduced last year. It acts as a miniature cell phone tower by boosting indoor cell phone coverage where the normal Verizon signal may not reach.

The Extender requires a normal power outlet and a home broadband Internet connection. If you're on the phone and you leave the house, your call will switch automatically between the Extender's coverage area and Verizon's standard network. It costs more than most Verizon handsets ($249), but unlike with Sprint's Airave, Verizon doesn't gouge you for monthly fees after the initial investment.

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