A femtocell looks just like a wireless router and acts as a wireless access point that routes mobile phone calls over the Internet via VoIP. Femtocells are used not only to lower cell network usage but also to help enhance cell phone reception in areas where signals are weak. A femtocell in affect creates a mini cell network that offers the same benefits as a cell signal booster plus a whole new list of advantages.
At first glance most people think a femtocell is a wireless router of some sort. Femtocells have a striking resemblance to wireless routers but they do very different things. When someone has a femtocell and they are in range of it the femtocell will grab their cell call and route it over their broadband Internet connection through a VoIP network and on to the person they are calling. What this does is eliminate the need for an actual cell signal where the femtocell is and also helps to remove cell traffic from a resource strained network.
The idea behind femtocells is for cell carriers to sell them along with regular usage plans and then offer an unlimited femtocell minutes options for something like $10 extra a month. The end result would be no need for any type of land line or the expensive unlimited voice plan that most carriers are now offering for a ridiculous price.
Although femtocells are expected to be huge over the next several years most people have not yet heard about them. They are expected to be widely available in the near future and the number of users is also expected to skyrocket over the next several years. One of the most highly anticipated femtocells out there is the femtoJack. The femtoJack is expected to be one of the cheapest femtocells in regards to both the device itself and the usage fee. Since the femto Jack will be made by Ymax Corporation, who is not a cell carrier, it is believed that it will be a lot cheaper since their motive will be to gain customers rather than supplement their revenue. If the femtoJack price is anywhere near what people currently pay for the magic Jack then it will be a great deal.