Sprint Introduces Airave To Help Weak Reception
Sep 17, 2007, 2:57 AM by (staff)
updated Sprint will begin offering a new femtocell device to help improve reception in homes to subscribers in Denver and Indianapolis. The Airave is a small box users plug into their home broadband connection that will cover an area of approximately 5000 square feet. Unlike T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home, the Airave uses femtocell technology to extend regular cellular coverage, so users do not need to buy a new handset to use it. The Airave will cost $50 and Sprint will charge an additional service fee of $15 per month for individuals or $30 for families, which includes unlimited calling from the Airave. Up to 3 people can make calls from an Airave at once. The device is made by Samsung and was shown off at CTIA as the "UbiCell".
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So... if I need to pay this fee... does that mean that only my phones are allowed on my Airave network? If my friend comes over, his phone won't be able to use it?
$15 individual or $30 for family.
So... if I need to pay this fee... does that mean that only my phones are allowed on my Airave network? If my friend comes over, his phone won't be able to use it?(continues)
When will VZW step up???
Hotspot@home vs Airave
I love the fact that you can use any of sprint phone to use the feature. Not having the UMA makes it easier for everyone to be able to use the phone they already have instead of having to upgrade.
So far it's only in two markets, I'm assuming they are just the test markets until they fully launch it. T-mobile did the same thing is Seattle before it launched nationwide.
it is unfortunate for sprint customers that it can only be used in the US only. With T-mobile you can pretty much use it everywhere worldwide, legally. Another perk of T-Mobile, is you also d...
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