Sprint’s new Airave service, like T-Mobile’s Hotspot@Home delivers customers unlimited mobile minutes while at home.
Like T-Mobile’s service, AIRAVE works with either DSL or cable broadband service. Unlike T-Mobile, Airave does NOT use WiFi to connect to a cellphone, it uses the cellphones own radio
The new femtocell-based system can extend cellular coverage and offer unlimited calling for an additional $15 per month ($30 for multi-cell families).
According to Sprint Users, Sprint is preparing for a market wide launch starting on July 15. The Samsung femtocell is expected to cost around $100 and is said to be about 5,000 square feet. It will work with any Sprint phone.
Unstrung reports that a lack of standards, unresolved technical issues, and unclear business cases are conspiring to push operator plans for commercial femtocell launches into next year. That’s the message from major mobile operators at the recent Femtocell Europe 2008 conference.
Operators are enticed by the potential for cost savings, capacity increases, and new service revenues that the mini home base stations promise, but anticipate commercial deployments in the market some time in 2009.