With mobile phones becoming the primary contact phone for many people, coverage at home is of utmost concern. In many cases (mine included), cell phone signal is strong until entering the home. Daily, I meet people who can only make or receive a phone call in one specific corner of their house. Talk about being a prisoner in ones own home!
Well, the solution is upon us. The Femtocell. Sprint and AT&T both currently offer their versions of the Femtocell to a majority of their customers. Sprint’s “Airave” is plugged directly into a Cable/DSL modem or router. It then uses the digital connection to broadcast a local network of Sprint compatible signal, much like a typical wireless router does.
Sprint offers the unit for $99 and charges an extra $4.99 per month to take advantage of the Airave. Sprint further sweetens the deal by allowing users to upgrade to a single line or family unlimited Airave plan. At $10 and $20 per month the unlimited Airave plans grant users an unlimited amount of minutes within the Airave coverage zone. This makes the combination of a Sprint device and the Airave a great alternative to a dedicated home phone.
Below, I will inbox the Sprint Airave and give you a brief tour of the unit. I will also show you a glimpse of the necessary setup and provide you with insight as to whether or not the Airave supports its claim of increasing cell phone signal in the home area.