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In my eyes the greatest potential for femtos lies in public places. I know many bars, restaurants and stores that lack coverage and would be happy to put up a femto to provide coverage to their customers. Last week I actually found myself avoiding an uncovered restaurant because I expected an important phone call that wouldn't have reached me otherwise. Another example is a large nearby hospital with 700 employees of whom many avoid two operators just because few parts of the ground-floor (including the emergency room) are not covered by them. My girlfriend was made aware of this already on her second working day and immediately decided to change networks despite her ward was not affected.
Femtos are a huge opportunity for operators to get their coverage improved at negligible costs where people stay most, indoors. Instead of selling femtos and even demanding a monthly fee, like Vodafone does in Germany, I would set myself apart from other operators by giving away femtos to businesses and ask them to indicate coverage by a window sticker which would also be effective as publicity for superior coverage.


SFR in France gives a Femto for 49€ (refunded at first use) to post-paid customers. The femto is closed to a group of lines for legal issues.

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