I just bought an AT&T 3G MicroCell. It’s a simple device. You plug it into the wall and your router, put it near a window, wait 90 minutes (yes an hour and a half), and voila! 5 bar cell phone connectivity throughout the condo. All for the low, low price of $150. There’s an alternate plan where you pay $50 for the device, then a mere $20 per month for “unlimited service.” In my version, cell calls come off my plan minutes.
All well and good. Now I can sit at my desk and make and receive calls on my cell. And send and receive text messages. Very cool. I was practically giddy.
But then I stopped and realized: I just paid $150 to get cell reception in my house. I live near Kendall Square, half a mile from the freaking AT&T building. Why on earth am I *paying* to get cell reception?