femtocells are great ! but too often used as another revenue stream...
I bought one for my wife's phone on Vodafone. Genius. Plugged it in and now get 5 bars all round the house, verses 2 bars outside all over the village. Well worth £40. And it's self manageable. I log on to the VF web site and I can add up to 10 numbers. So my sister gets 5 bars when she visits. Perfect. Just what IT should be all about. Cheap. Easy. Intuitive. Enabling.
However... my phone is a company phone on a BT corporate contact. No problem i think. BT mobile is just a Vodafone white label. I'll just call them and add my BT phone to my VF femtocell... ha! Yeah right.
They say that's not possible. I give up after a couple of weeks of asking. However they offer me a BT femtocell... seeing as i have no choice, i agree. A second femtocell arrives at home. Its exactly the same device i have already for VF. Obviously.
However the catches... It costs more than £40. But worse, BT charge ££ PER MONTH PER NUMBER !!!! can't remember how much exactly. About £3 per number per month. WTF!? and it's not self service. I have to get BT to add numbers. Obviously, so they can bill me!!
TOTAL RIP OFF! clearly BT will be loosing our corporate account (300 phones) later in the year.
But that is exactly what IT should not be. A route to rip of the consumer... its so sad. I now have two identical femtocells in my house. When i actually only need one... just because a company is to lazy and greedy to find an alternative...