Orange puts an end to Femtocell, sees UFC-Que Choisir 'a step back for thousands of subscribers'

Orange puts an end to Femtocell, sees UFC-Que Choisir ‘a step back for thousands of subscribers’

Orange puts an end to Femtocell, sees UFC-Que Choisir

Say goodbye to the small 3G network to make calls to your mobile phone in case of poor coverage at home for Orange subscribers. You will have to make WiFi calls. As long as you have a compatible terminal.

“Femtocell 3G is obsolete, and service is permanently discontinued on August 21, 2021,” Orange recently reported. To justify this decision, the current operator highlights the ever-improving mobile network coverage, with more than 99% of the population receiving 4G, but also restoring part of its 2100MHz frequencies in addition to adopting the integrated practical Wi-Fi calling function “in many cell phones ”(See the list) If there is not enough coverage inside the house. What you can do and receive by connecting your mobile phone to Wi-Fi.

In total, 160,000 subscribers are affected by the end of this free service, which consists of connecting a box to a Livebox in order to take advantage of a small 3G network inside homes. corn UFC queue selection look already ‘Back memories of thousands of customers’.

For its part, Orange estimates the number of users who realized they were receiving perfect at 20% after deactivating femtocell. For others, it will be necessary to be satisfied with WiFi calls. However, if the operator makes sure that it consumes 2 times less power than a mobile phone call, the Consumers Association expresses its displeasure, with the support of user feedback, that they Phone batteries drain quickly. Not to mention that many modern models do not integrate this functionality. Many subscribers will either have to renew their smartphone or “Go back to the back of the park or near the village church to make a call or send an SMS, and wait for Orange to install a portable antenna near their house”. Or even change the operator.

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For femtocell holders, all they have to do is return it to Orange for recycling. For those who have not canceled the option before the end of the service, the operator will automatically send them a Chronopost return coupon in September.

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