Femto: 3G for the home

Ropey 3G reception in your rural hideaway could be a thing of the past if the chaps at Nokia Siemens Networks get their way.It's unveiled Femto, not a

Ropey 3G reception in your rural hideaway could be a thing of the past if the chaps at Nokia Siemens Networks get their way.It's unveiled Femto, not a female sanitary product, but a new standard for 3G in the home, named after the mathematical name for the number 0.000000000000001, if you must know.Femto boxes will be mini 3G transmitters (hence the tiny number reference) designed to throw a ring of 3G reception around your abode. By connecting up to your broadband, it'll then be able to provide cheap as chips internet calls from your mobile, at home.'Sounds rather similar to BT's Fusion' you say. Well, it is, but since it uses standard 3G rather than Wi-Fi to hook phones up to its base station, it'll work with any 3G mobile, such as the Sony Ericsson M600 (pictured) and not just a few dedicated handsets. Femto also takes things a step further by offering video and music downloads and mobile internet access without any data costs, whenever the phone's in range.Thompson is already prepping a Femto 'Home Access' box. If any of the networks climb on board, we could see the first Femto services by the end of next year. Remember, you heard it here first.Essentials Femto Price: £TBA On sale: Q3 2008 (expected) Contact: Nokia Siemens Networks Related stories: Nokia 6136 heralds cheap home calls BT Fusion power comes online BT turns on Fusion power