Poor Sprint connectivity at home

We currently have Sprint. The Sprint cell tower signal is very poor at home although it is generally great once we are out and about. We have an Airvana femocell which gives us good coverage at home. Is this something I can get from Ting?

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  • It would seem reasonable that the same Femtocell device that is used for Sprint would work for Ting, unless there is a restriction in place on Sprint's side.

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  • We're actually working on this, but right now, we do not have a femtocell device that would allow customers to leverage their home/office Internet to connect CDMA calls.

    Sorry about that!

    -B 

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  • Continuing to use our current device wouldn't work at this point then??

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  • That's a really good question that we don't have the answer to right now Zarthan.

    I'm not familiar with the Airvana device you've mentioned (we're looking at the Airave), but in theory any cell number you authorize *should* work with the femtocell... unless Sprint does something that would block service on non-retail devices.

    We hope to have more information soon.

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  • Airave by Airvana Same device. Just thinking about my question I realize that I have it set as non restricted access so it would be usable in our neighborhood. Entirely possible that it will continue to work. 

    I am very glad that you folks keep answering questions. Many thanks.

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  • Bob, just to add myself to the list of interested customers.  When you offer an Airvana type device, there is a good chance that I will buy one.  I have fairly good Ting (Sprint) coverage in my house, but I am replacing a landline and want to ensure that my voice going out is flawless, not broken up.  People are very intolerant of this.

    I will be waiting impatiently!

    Hope this is an effective place to put this comment!

    Thanks.

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  • We have always used our cell lines as our primary business contact number and when the remaining calls to our business line were little more than SPAM we decided to terminate. Since some things like credit cards and banks were tied to the main business number we thought better of termination. We ported the number to a web based VIOP service and all calls go to voicemail or for specific numbers are forwarded to our cell phones. I assume there are similar services out there but at the time Callcentric had a pay as you go service for about $3 per month. After about 3 years it is surprising how many places still have your old number (family and close friends). 

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  • I have just finished some simple testing of my Airave device and it works just the same with my Ting phone as with my Sprint phone.

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  • I'm very interested in Ting but I also have poor Sprint service inside my house. Would using Google Voice and GrooVe IP or something like it be a solution for this? 

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  • You can try Google Voice and Groove since they are both available for free. I have used GV for a couple of years and it is great. Whether ypu use it as a main number that forwards to your other available phones or just as a second number that rings on your cell phone well worth setting up. Groove just seems to work and I have considered porting my cell number to Google. Give them both a try.

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  • If you do go with Groove long term, you may want to spend the $5 for the full version, as it does a nice job of integrating with the native dialer. The one drawback I've experienced with Groove (and I'm sure this will vary, depending on the processor speed of the phone you use and the internet connection/router you have) is that there's about a half-second delay that can be distracting for some. For that reason we ended up getting the Obi 100 from Amazon, which acts as a free landline for your Google Voice number and has much less delay. That's worked great for us (and has allowed our cell minutes to stay low).

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  • Thanks David and Geoff. I've used Google Voice for a few years as a secondary number and generally like it. Just haven't used it as VOIP. I'm considering porting my cell number to GV and switching to Ting, but I don't want to end up with a phone that I can't use for calling when I'm inside my house. I may test Groove to see how it works before I switch over -- and I'll look into the Obi 100.

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  • http://snrblabs.com/snrb/Apps/GrooveIP/About.aspx The Groove IP developer. Groove works very well using WIFI only for both inbound and outbound calls. I do have the Airave femocell which means I have pretty decent coverage at home but I have turned it off and disabled the GV forward number for testing. You must enable forward to Google Chat to make Groove work over WIFI exclusively. I think that as long as you have good steady WIFI signal you should be good. 

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