I emailed O2 UK a day or so back asking about Femtocells after reading an article online about O2 and Ubiquisys working together back in 2008 testing the idea in partnership with NEC, hopefully trying to find out if they where still working on the trial and where possibly (long shot) accepting pilot users or anything.
It’s not that I have a coverage problem at home, it’s just that Femtocell sounds kind of cool and I love to try out new things.
I got a reply from O2 this evening, and I have to say it was one of the plainest, shortest to the point emails I have ever read.
I wish to tell you that we no longer work with Ubiquisys to test Femtocells.
That’s all I get? The companies registered address and legal junk at the bottom of the email took up more space than this.
Well it is a shame, but I can’t say I surprised. The money they threw into the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the Joggler probably is what was supposed to be spent on Femtocells.
PS: If you don’t know what a Femtocell is, then I suggest looking it up on Wikipedia because my answer just wouldn’t do it justice.