Verizon has launched and listed a new version of its Samsung-sourced Network Extender femtocell following FCC approval in July.Â The unit is designed to provide coverage via broadband connection in the event indoor coverage is in adequate.Â As an upgrade to the previous model and as previously reported, the updated version features support for EVDO Rev. A data access.Â Pricing for the new unit is set at $249.99 with no additional access fees.
The new Network Extender is the first femtocell to launch in the United States with support for EV-DO Rev A 3G speeds, and will aide in taking bandwidth demands off of Verizon’s network. The original Network Extender handed off 3G data connections to the nearest tower, unless absolutely no EV-DO signal was available. Devices would then fall back to the first-gen Network Extender’s 1xRTT signal for data access.