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Sprint Nextel to Introduce the Airave
By DAVID TWIDDY, AP Business Writer

Mon Sep 17, 0:57 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One of the big complaints lodged against wireless phone companies is poor signal quality inside buildings, especially homes.

Sprint Nextel Corp. is trying to overcome that obstacle with a device that boosts wireless signals indoors and directs the calls over the Internet.

The Airave, which Sprint will begin selling Monday in its stores in parts of Denver and Indianapolis, increases cell reception over an area of about 5,000 square feet and can handle up to three calls at once. It hooks into the customer's existing broadband connection, sending unlimited calls through the Internet instead of over Sprint's wireless network.[...]

The Airave retails for $49.99, although Sprint will offer initial rebates to lower the price, and users pay a monthly charge of $15 for individuals and $30 for families.

[...]Besides saving the customer from using their wireless minutes, the device also will reduce the amount of traffic on the mobile network, potentially improving signal quality in the immediate area and reducing the amount of new cell towers and other infrastructure Sprint will have to build to handle future growth.

"This is a very cost-effective way for us to support additional traffic," Bhatia said.

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You're damn right! Sprint saves on infrastructure costs, and makes the customer pay for the privilege. Jesus!

Article HERE

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Also, see Hotspot@Home, by our friends, the Germans:
http://t-mobile.com/promotions/hotspotathomelearnmore.aspx?WT.mc_n=HotSpotatHm_index&WT.mc_t=OnSite
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As a guy who lives in the mountains, with zero phone reception, I view that as a lot more cost-effective than the $500 signal amplifier I had to buy to get my cell working from home.
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Ken, I loooves the new AV.
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ken wrote:
As a guy who lives in the mountains, with zero phone reception, I view that as a lot more cost-effective than the $500 signal amplifier I had to buy to get my cell working from home.


Ken, I think the technology is great, and I'll bet it won't be that hard to purchase a femtocell without having to pay that ridiculous monthly fee...which goes on, and on, and on...and probably up as well.

Yeah, $500.00 is a lot, but at least it's only a one-time payment.

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