It looks like AT&T’s official nation wide launch of the 3G Microcell might finally be on! Just got this flyer in the mail, and it appears the’ve come down on the speculated price per month for unlimited calling on individual lines: $14.99 But $29.99 for family plans is just too much compared to what the other carriers are doing with their femtocell offerings (although if you ditch a landline to do it, it could be somewhat justified).

Me, I certainly don’t even need unlimited calling as we have more rollover minutes on our plan than we will ever use. In fact I’ve heard people argue AT&T should be paying us to put these things in our home to take pressure off their network, and in my case they actually did! (don’t hate the player 🙂
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This is a note I just sent to Engadget Mobile podcast hosts Chris Ziegler and Sean Cooper. They seem to know as much as anyone I’ve listened to in mobile tech about LTE, so hopefully they’ll indulge my inquiries below during their next podcast……

Dear Engadget Mobile Professors Ziegler and Cooper,

Please bear with me and make 3 large assumptions so I can pose 4 larger questions?
Assumption 1: The US exclusivity agreement between Apple and AT&T will end between now and the release of the next iPhone model
Assumption 2: Since CDMA as a voice standard will remain a reality for at least the next few years, and voice standard(s) for LTE will not emerge any sooner than that, Apple could and should devote the engineering effort to build a CDMA capable iPhone (and if HTC and Palm can do it fairly quickly with their most recent devices, why in the world would it be that difficult for Apple?)
Assumption 3: Verizon will indeed launch LTE simultaneously in as many markets as they possibly can in 2010, and phones that have both CDMA and LTE radios will be commercialized by Verizon by late 2010.
Question 1: Would Apple then wait to launch the “iPhone 4G” on Verizon when they can perfect CDMA/LTE radio hardware and network handoffs, and is it conceivable that Apple and Verizon engineers are currently commingling in secret to pull this off?
Question 2: It’s clear that the story of the iPhone’s evolution is international though and could they also pull off the creation of a HSPA/LTE iPhone 4G for the rest of the world for launch in late 2010, early 2011?
Question 3: If Apple and Verizon are the first companies to bring the promise of LTE to fruition, what impact will this have on Europe where it seems LTA deployments are much less imminent? Would it speed things up such that a coalescing of consensus around a voice standard for LTE would be abandoned by carriers who are anxious to sell the iPhone 4G? (thereby making it more logical for Apple to invest in creating both CDMA/LTE and HSPA/LTE models)
Question 4: What bands will be used for LTE in America, Europe and Asia? I know Verizon intends to use recently purchased 700mhz, but will AT&T and T-Mobile also utilize this band or will they eventually convert their usage of bands 850, 1900, 1700, and 2100 to LTE? Will this also occur in Europe on their version of 2100 mhz, or like Finland with their allocation of 1800mhz for LTE, will it be a mix? And will the term “unlocked phone” therefore become anachronistic one day? 😦