boosters for cell phoneLAS VEGAS - As more and more people drop their landlines, the wireless industry faces a challenge: poor cellular coverage within the home.
To tackle it, they're looking at selling customers boxes that in essence give them cell towers within the home. To put it another way, the devices make their cell phones work like cordless phones, connecting to a home base station.
These so-called femtocells — "femto" is a scientific term for something very small — look much like Wi-Fi routers, which have become a common household appliance.
But are customers ready to bring another electronic box into the house?
Femtocell vendors at the CTIA Wireless industry show in Las Vegas this week say "yes" — because the devices solve a lot of problems for carriers.
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