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    ok one did you all RTFM? if u don't want to pay for it the 4.99 fee you don't have too. it will still work as a mini tower without it. The point of paying the 4.99 fee is while your connected to the airrave your calls are free. If you have an unlimited 99 plan then there is no point to pay the 4.99 fee.
    About this though. They charge you $4.99 regardless (at least initially). I was not even told there was a monthly charge when I asked how much it cost. They just signed me up for it anyways. There was no option, I wasn't even made aware and was told it would be free. I had to manually check my account subscriptions and cancel it (another process that took over 30 minutes on the phone because the CSRs were not familiar with it or if it even was a reoccurring subscription).

    I'll have to see after this month is over if it actually lets me use it with the $4.99 service canceled.

    I recognize it's worthwhile for some users, but that seems kinda situational. Also as I said before, if it got popular enough it does kind of discourage putting up towers in the long run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gottria View Post
    So if you get good coverage in your house the Airave is pointless. Or pay $10 a month and get unlimited calling through the Airave.
    Yes... you can't beat $10 a month unlimited calling... unless you already have the unlimited plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by papped View Post
    Also as I said before, if it got popular enough it does kind of discourage putting up towers in the long run.
    What makes you believe that?
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    Because the costs of putting airave's into people's homes for Sprint is far better than new towers and using their own bandwidth. Plus you already pay for bandwidth anyways with your plan.
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    The Airave is basically a repeater. It's broadcasting at a low power to allow users within close proximity to use it. The Airave is providing a better signal in low signal areas. It also provides cheaper calls from you home, without worrying about your minutes being used. Eventually, when Airave becomes more popular, people will be using their landlines less and cell phones more from home. This will not discourage Sprint from building more cell towers. It does not make sense at all do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by papped View Post
    Because the costs of putting airave's into people's homes for Sprint is far better than new towers and using their own bandwidth. Plus you already pay for bandwidth anyways with your plan.
    That does not make good business sense.

    Not saying what you are saying is not true, only saying that I doubt the airwave would be the reason sprint would not put up more towers in an area.

    Seems to me sprint is silently making a move on voip... get a $40 plan, add $10 to it for unlimited calling and have 450 minutes of calling outside your house. That would be much better than voip for most.

    In addition sprint is answering the calls of those who have basements and can't get reception. I was in that situation all last week... upstairs was ok.
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    Another thing to keep in mind is that you are not getting the service at the current rates in a contract.
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    I was the first person in San Antonio to pick up an Airave (according to Sprint) and am glad I did. We could talk all day about the reason behind it, who really killed Kennedy and what really happened at Roswell but while the nay-sayers are doing that, I will enjoy a better signal and unlimited calls at home at a very low price.

    No, I am not paid by Sprint but am interested in what really happened at Roswell.
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    Don't really understand that comment, as I actually have an Airave right now and have used it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by papped View Post
    Don't really understand that comment, as I actually have an Airave right now and have used it.
    Papped - My comment was not directed to you but rather some of the others. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hyphen View Post
    ok one did you all RTFM? if u don't want to pay for it the 4.99 fee you don't have too. it will still work as a mini tower without it. The point of paying the 4.99 fee is while your connected to the airrave your calls are free. If you have an unlimited 99 plan then there is no point to pay the 4.99 fee.

    btw the airrave wrks like 5ksq feet away ( I think not at wrk right now so don't hld me to the #) frm the device unless you live in a bedrock next to fred and barny you shouldn't have issues connecting
    Hypen , I did RTFM, the 4.99 is a service charge. I don't have a 99 dolalr everything plan. So the minutes used will be my regular minutes.
    If I pay 10 dollars more , then I get unlimitted for one line.

    IF you read the terms and conditions "AIRAVE Enhanced Coverage Charge - $4.99/mo. (required per AIRAVE unit)**"

    and ** = Monthly charges exclude taxes, Sprint Surcharges [incl. USF charge of up to 11.4% (varies quarterly), Administrative Charge (up to $1.99/line/mo.), Regulatory Charge ($0.20/line/mo.) & state/local fees by area]. Sprint Surcharges are not taxes or gov't-required charges and are subject to change. Details: sprint.com/taxesandfees.

    I am not a business customer to have this unit installed for the office.
    My logic was that , since I am saving $$$$ on sprint plans compared to other wireless providers I decided to pay little money to get a reliable coverage. But I am not getting it.
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    Having said that, it does make lot of sense for business customers,

    Theog is right , SPRINT is slowly making a VOIP pitch. But the whole concept of this technology is flawed for individual customers.

    In five years almost all of the smartphones will have Wifi. Its not a big deal to enable the cell phone to VOIP using the WiFi signal. This will eliminate the need to buy these AIRAVE thing. In simpler terms , you can always make a phone call if you are connected to a your carrier tower or if your phone is Wifi capable.

    T Mobile is doing it now

    http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/...-32790414.html

    "The Samsung Katalyst also has a built-in Wi-Fi receiver, which is used with T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home service. For a nominal monthly fee, HotSpot @Home customers can use the Katalyst to connect to any wireless network to make, answer, and receive calls, just like a regular cell phone. Except all calls made within a wireless network will not be deducted from your plan's minutes, so you essentially get unlimited calling. Also, you're almost always guaranteed better signal reception when connected via a wireless network, which is great if you tend to have spotty cell service at home or at work. T-Mobile offers a special HotSpot @Home router that is optimized for voice transmission as well. To find out more about the HotSpot @Home service, you can read our review of the service. "
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    $5 is only $5... if I did not get a good signal in say a basement, then paying $5 extra dollars would be worth it.

    There are a lot more considerations than just "service." For example, when my cousin switched to verizon, we realized that now our minutes were being counted against us but when my cousin was on sprint, we had free mobile to mobile.

    I think some only need "something" to complain about. Odd that sprint now offers the service and people complain it is not "free." Sprint providing "free" stuff and not being to afford support personnel is the reason why support sucks (for some).

    Can't have everything... if you think so, build your own cell phone network and provide everything for free... see how far you get.



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    Sprint AIRAVE Base Station - $99.99/each (requires activation at time of purchase and subscription to an AIRAVE plan. Excludes taxes.)

    AIRAVE Enhanced Coverage Charge - $4.99/mo. (required per AIRAVE unit)**

    Single Line Unlimited Calling Plan (optional) - $10/mo.**

    Multi-Line Unlimited Calling Plan (optional) - $20/mo. per account*

    I think the $10 a month is a deal for unlimited calling in a house... if you work from home or stay home all day (work nights)... if not, then sprint free minutes start at 7 pm anyway, along with free nights and weekends... not sure how much of a deal it would be for some.
    theog,
    I don't want to build a tower myself if I did I should be doing something else not wasting my time in these forums :-).
    Agree , its a good service , but the whole purpose of this is to get a reliable signal. And I am willing to pay for that.

    I am not getting the signal inspite of paying for this service. I am willing to pay $ 15 more if SPRINT gets me a reliable service.

    Bottomline I save more than 50 dollars on SPRINT over Verizon or AT&T and I am willing to spend 20 dollars more to get that "Can You Hear Me" coverage.

    Sadly though, its not working for me.
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    I might be a sucker for paying $99 and then $5 per month but wow this thing works great. I've gone years without being able to make a phone call in my house and now I can make crystal clear calls from any of my family's Sprint phones. When you pay sero rates and then split the $5 per month between multiple lines, Sprint is still a darn good deal.
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    I have an Airave and it works great for me!
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    gbp- the airrave is a wonderful device when ur phone is connected to it one you should hear a beep when your connected to your airrave... two check your internet bandwith if it is being choked down might want to increase your bandwith... I havnt used one for a while and plz correct me if im wrong... but is there two cat5 cable ports in the back one for in and one for out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by King View Post
    I was the first person in San Antonio to pick up an Airave (according to Sprint) and am glad I did. We could talk all day about the reason behind it, who really killed Kennedy and what really happened at Roswell but while the nay-sayers are doing that, I will enjoy a better signal and unlimited calls at home at a very low price.

    No, I am not paid by Sprint but am interested in what really happened at Roswell.
    Ok, i just have to chirp in here, something on my mind.
    Don't all Sprint plans already have unlimited nights and weekends anyway (currently at 7pm, unless you have an older plan where they used to be 8pm or 9pm)? Unless it's my day off from work and i want to stay indoors all day and scratch my loins, i'm never home before 7 or 8pm anyway, so the Airave's "Unlimited Calling" thing is moot anyway, at least for me.

    Whether or not i have unlimited calling is irrelevant as i picked a calling plan that satisfies my need. I have a 750 minute daytime plan and never use more than 450 of it combined (daytime and nights and weekend minutes).
    And on Saturdays and Sundays, i'm already getting unlimited nights and weekends anyway.

    My Sprint service at home is fine, but if i had poor service, then i'd rather just roam for free (included in plan, and assuming Verizon's signal is stronger) or move to a better carrier, or make a fuss and see if the Airave monthly service could be waived.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merovingian View Post
    Ok, i just have to chirp in here, something on my mind.
    Don't all Sprint plans already have unlimited nights and weekends anyway (currently at 7pm, unless you have an older plan where they used to be 8pm or 9pm)? Unless it's my day off from work and i want to stay indoors all day and scratch my loins, i'm never home before 7 or 8pm anyway, so the Airave's "Unlimited Calling" thing is moot anyway, at least for me.

    Whether or not i have unlimited calling is irrelevant as i picked a calling plan that satisfies my need. I have a 750 minute daytime plan and never use more than 450 of it combined (daytime and nights and weekend minutes).
    And on Saturdays and Sundays, i'm already getting unlimited nights and weekends anyway.

    My Sprint service at home is fine, but if i had poor service, then i'd rather just roam for free (included in plan, and assuming Verizon's signal is stronger) or move to a better carrier, or make a fuss and see if the Airave monthly service could be waived.
    Does sprint have a limit on the % of time you can roam? I know Verizon has one, but I can't remember if sprint has one or not. Plus, roaming sucks your battery life... at least in my experience.

    I'd bet you could get the airwave fee waived though... depending on the CR you get. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Does sprint have a limit on the % of time you can roam? I know Verizon has one, but I can't remember if sprint has one or not. Plus, roaming sucks your battery life... at least in my experience.

    I'd bet you could get the airwave fee waived though... depending on the CR you get. lol
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    Don't all Sprint plans already have unlimited nights and weekends anyway (currently at 7pm, unless you have an older plan where they used to be 8pm or 9pm)?
    And sometimes if you complain you can get it reduced to 6pm (unless you're already on SERO) for free.

    Also, signal is highly phone dependent, not just carrier (which sucks). I get terrible signal at my house (supposedly a "very good" Sprint signal area). My Instinct had a lot of breaking up on phone calls, same with my Centro. My BB Curve sounds great even in the worst parts of the house (some minor breaking up once in a while at most).
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