"Poor, doesn't work as advertised."1.5 starson by Goldbug81
Pros: The device sometimes works.
Cons: Doesn't meet expectations and definitely not a silver bullet.
Summary: A couple years ago after prolonged poor reception I called Sprint to complain and see if there was a viable solution to dropped calls and calls never even received. I run a home-based business so it is imperative that I'm not missing calls and that the call quality is exceptional. So they sent me the first generation of the Airave. From the start I was a little skeptical. They claim that it has 5000 sqft of extended coverage, but from my experience that is a serious over-exaggeration. I live in a 2000 sqft house and I got constant dropped calls from the farthest areas. Half the time when you dial *99 to make sure you're connected to the Airave the call just drops out.
I fiddled with the thing for almost a year, never quite sure when it was going to work, then without notice the thing quit working completely. The lights all went out and appeared to be completely lifeless. I called up Sprint once again and they sent me the newest model called Airvana. This time I rewired my internet connection and hung the device on the ceiling at the top of the stairs between my office and my bedroom. I figured that if I was within 10 feet of the device it might actually work somewhat efficiently. Believe it or not the quality really didn't improve much.
I tried the thing for the next 6 months or so never really sure if I was receiving every call or not. I even upgraded my broadband and cable modem to the highest speed available to see if the device's performance would improve. It didn't.
Yesterday I just got a new phone from Sprint (LG Mach). Immediately upon returning home from the store I tried sending a text. It didn't send. I went on to attempt to send up to 70 text messages and every single one was met with a "failed to send message". Once again I called up Sprint. The representative had me unplug the airvana then restart my phone as she updated something in their system. Then voila one finally sent. She then instructed me that I could hook the airvana back up. Immediately the text messages would not send again. I sent up to 50 texts and not a single one sent and this was within 10 feet of the airvana. The reception was spotty and even holding the phone up to the device I still didn't receive a single bar. So I disconnected the device and once again text messages would send with no problem.
Clearly the thing is a piece of junk and I have finally rid myself of this horrible invention. If you want to give it a go you can have mine. You'll find it for free somewhere in the landfill. And I'm seriously contemplating trashing Sprint all together.