Pros Worst product i have ever seen!!!!!
Cons Goes to sleep every 5 mins
Summary It took me less then 5 minutes to set up and start making calls. It is the most unreliable product in the market. Every 5 mins, it goes to sleep. you will not able to make a call or receive a call while its sleeping. I got it today and tomorrow, i will be returning it. I rather save my money on electricity and switch it a different carrier. Horrible!!!!!
Pros There are none!! This thing is about the most irritating thing I have ever owned, other than a ell phone itself.
Cons Every 5 minutes it recycles itself, it never connects and this is the second one.
Summary I have called sprint several times and apparently it is my fault for having the wrong modem, (Umm, I didn't go to the store and pick it out.) They told me that if I tried this replacement then I would have given them a fair chance to correct the problem and that they would at that point agree that they are not providing the service that I pay for and release me from my contract. They lied, of course. They want me to get yet another replacement. Not only will I be glad to send it back but I will be glad to change carriers as soon as my contract is over. I think that sprint has the most unsuccessful cell phone service. I can't wait to be absolutely done with them.
"Wouldn't operate."on by dabunting
Pros Cell tower right in your house would be nice to have.
Cons On telephone co. DSL-connected network actively serving computer etc. Even put the GPS ext. antenna temporarily where it had unobstructed view of over half the sky. Phoned Sprint and wasted a half hour with them but we never got it going.
Summary Obviously other feedback shows it works for users, and it's a neat technology to make a cell tower right in your house, but I couldn't make it work in my house. Tried three days on DSL broadband actively serving computer etc., and with external GPS anntenna temporarily even out on my deck railing where it had unobstructed view of over half the sky, spent half hour with Spring by phone but never got System or GPS led's to show blue. Also I'd mention I tried it on my alternative broadband HughesNet satellite service, but it wouldn't work and the Sprint person said it requires constant-on internet so can't work on satellite broadband because satellite broadband is constantly switching very rapidly on and off, a fact I didn't know. Almost certainly will work for you but didn't work for me.
Pros Easy to install.
Boosts signal strength to allow you to make calls.
Cons If your internet signal goes down or you lose power, device does not work (obviously)
Monthly $5 fee (can have fee waived by calling airave cust service)
High cost of device.
Summary The airave WORKS! I was amazed to see the difference in signal strength throut the house. I no longer have to go near the door to get a good signal.
Pros Provides a high speed EVDO signal to my phone
Can handle 3 phones simultaneously
A snap to setup and install
No monthly fee (I think Sprint *used* to charge a monthly fee long ago which was only $5/mo.)
Cons You may need a south, east, or west facing window because the device has a GPS it uses to determine its location.
Summary I had a signal that was either very weak or would drop in and out in my house, so I ordered an AIRAVE and I now have an EVDO signal in my house all the time. Data and voice work perfectly, now I get emails and calls on my HTC Touch Pro 2 and HTC Touch Pro phones in the house. My other family members can also get calls and data at the same time since the AIRAVE can handle up to three phones/devices.
If you want to you can pay a monthly fee of $15 or $20/mo. and get unlimited calling while connected to your AIRAVE, I didn't need this so I don't have it. There are a *lot* of rumors (including CNET's own review) on the internet claiming there is a monthly fee for this device, but this isn't true. From what I can tell Sprint used to charge a monthly fee of $5/mo. which would be well worth the price but there isn't a monthly fee.
I put the unit high up and close to the center of my house and placed the included GPS antenna on a window sill.
Setup was snap, all I did was plug it in and called the Sprint number in the AIRAVE manual/quickstart. I waited about 30 minutes and it started working. Sprint even called me the next day to make sure everything was working OK, service was good and polite.
I bought my AIRAVE on Ebay but be careful as I've heard rumored that there *may be* older units floating around in yellow packaging not the newer black packaging. I'm not sure what might be wrong with an 'older' unit, perhaps it gives out a 1x signal instead of an EVDO signal.
Verizon sells a similar unit but for $250! These are only about $100