I have a Thunderbolt but I live in a area with poor cell phone coverage. 1 bar at most. I was trying to send a pic to a friend and no way was it going to happen. Verizon should come up with a service that lets people in poor reception areas connect to a good reception area via WiFi. Maybe some kind of WiFi connection to a server that would route you to a cell phone tower or something. I'm not an expert but that seems like something thats possible
OK I did google femtocell and it seems that Verizon has that. Some articles say that for $250.00 you get voice only. No 3 or 4 g service and no data so sending pictures and such sounds like it won't work for that. Also I went to the Verizon web site and they have one Femtocell unit for business that costs $399.00. Ouch!!
I went to the Verizon web site and checked the coverage locator and it shows solid 3g coverage in my area. Not even close. Once in awhile I get a 1g flash on the phone. It's not just my thunderbolt. My daughters I phone and my sons Droid Bionic show the same.
buy a $40 router and make your home wifi. easiest and cheapest solution (assuming you have internet at your house). mms won't send through wifi (i don't think?) but you could easily emaily what you want to your friend. it would also make ANY type of data use on your phone much better.
they have network extenders for $250. no additional monthly fees.