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Sprint Now Offering 3G-Capable Airave Femtocell

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Aug 20, 2010, 11:03 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint has begun shipping an EV-DO 3G version of its Airave femtocell to select customers. Sprint spokesperson Mark Elliott confirmed for Fierce Wireless, "Sprint is offering the Airave Access Point for customers who have specific in-building coverage issues. Each customer situation is reviewed independently to determine whether the customer would qualify and benefit from Airave use. This is an updated Airave model, and does support Sprint 3G (EV-DO) data speeds." The Airave is a miniature ih-home cell tower that uses a customer's existing broadband service (rather than Sprint's cellular network) to connect to Sprint's backhaul network. Customers can qualify to get the Airave for free, though it must be returned if the customer deactivates their Sprint service. There is no monthly cost associated with the Airave, which originally went on sale in 2008.

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Aug 24, 2010, 4:49 PM

3G or not?

I just got an Airave today and I'm not sure if it is 3G or not. How do I tell? I am kind of guessing not since there is no 3G service within 150 miles of me.

Aug 23, 2010, 2:33 PM

Are the calls made charged?

If you use this airave, do you still get charged for making calls or does it go through the internet and not get billed?


Aug 20, 2010, 12:04 PM

Why does Sprint have to 'review' each purchase--

--why would anyone lie about having bad in home/office signal? You pay for it. That should be all Sprint needs.
muchdrama said:
--why would anyone lie about having bad in home/office signal? You pay for it. That should be all Sprint needs.

...annnnnnnnnnnnd now I see why there's a 'review' of your service: the device is, appa...
thats not what it means what it means is we have to verify and qualify your acct for free. anyone can buy it and use it but no one want to everyone wants it for free... but your account must qaulaify for it to be free Very Happy

Aug 21, 2010, 7:16 PM

If this is true

How do you get it I called care and she checked with telesales as well as said its not a promotion and it was not being offered???
Well I called and tried to work it with retention which I guess is the way to get this but you have to have dsl or cable router for it to work and just canceled mine because im using clear spot which is just like Sprint's overdrive. Oh well I still ge...

Aug 20, 2010, 11:23 AM

It's not free..

and it's 4.99 a month
Directly from Sprint:

Elliott said that Sprint customers who qualify can receive the device for free. Additionally, he said, customers must return the product if they deactivate service or they will be charged a non-return fee. Elliott said there i...
To the customers that qualify for a free Airave there is no cost. Usually a profanity laced tirade to customer care will get that 5 dollar fee dropped too.
The monthly occuring charge is $0 now. It just hasn't been communicated with everyone yet. God knows how our existing customer's who are paying $4.99/month for this are going to react when they find out its free now. Shocked
read the post again the airave is for free and no 4.99 charge if you qualify

Aug 20, 2010, 11:09 AM


Okay, this is pretty damned cool!
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