Airave Question and the Future Of Ting

Hi Ting team I am a new customer that will be coming to Ting within the next few weeks. I just purchased a HTC EVO 3D from ebay and it will be coming shortly. I also ordered a sprint ariave from your online store. If you look at my zip code sprint can get kind of spotty in my area. I don't travel much out of the coverage area, but the airave is going to be awesome to have at home. Anyway my question is can the airave be used with customers that still have sprint? I mean customers that still have an active sprint account. I know there is no monthly fee with this airave, which is why I ask. I have a friend that comes over periodically and it would be nice if she could use the airave that I bought. Will it work with her sprint device even though she is not with ting, or will her device not work at all? My second question is longevity. I have gone with a prepaid carrier before that went out of business. Do you guys see lasting a long time? I really like the pricing structure and want it to stay that way and I love all the features you guys offer. How does sprint feel about everything you guys are doing? Is there a possibility that they could impose restrictions, like other large companies have done in the past. Thanks in advance and I know I sound paranoid it is just I will be giving up unlimited internet with Veri$on so understand where I am coming from :)

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  • I can't answer the business questions but the Airave will work with Sprint phones too.  I believe you can restrict the phones it will connect with (like a router can computers) but it comes set up to connect any Sprint/Ting phones.  

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  • Even if the customer is on virgin, boost, or sprint postpaid???

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  • We had our Airave unrestricted meaning that anyone in the neighborhood could connect if they were on the Sprint network. It shouldn't matter whether they are Virgin, Boost or any other MVNO that uses Sprint as the network.

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  • @Ryan

    As to the Airrave, a Ting phone can connect to a Sprint Airrave and vice versa, however, you can't activate a Sprint Airrave with us. In order for a Sprint Airrave to remain active, it needs to be attached to a Sprint service. We sell our own Airraves, but there's won't currently activate with us (in other words, they're not currently compatible with BYOSD).

    Regarding your business concerns, I assure you that we're in this for the long haul. We've put a lot into this, and being a part of Tucows, we've got a lot more to add. While Ting is a young company, Tucows has been around for a very long time in terms of internet companies, and if you're at all interested,  there's plenty of information available regarding Tucows history.

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  • @Rob Lake

    No I mean I purchased an airrave from your online store.  It is a Ting Arrive.  There is no monthly fees right?  My main question was because there is no monthly fee with the arrive, can a person who is on sprint connect to the ting arrive and use the device for reception.  This person is not on ting, but on sprint postpaid.  Can a boost or virgin mobile customer also connect to the arrive

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  • PS Thanks for the reassurance and for answering my question's in advance :)

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  • @Ryan

    There is no monthly fee to have an Airave on Ting! Other Sprint phones can definitely still connect to a Ting-branded, Ting-operated Airave, and this includes Sprint MVNOs like Boost and Virgin :)

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  • Thanks for the responses you guys have been awesome. I'm switching to ting in a few days when my Eco 3d arrives and my girl friend is switching as soon as you can byod an iphone 4 :)

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  • @Ryan

    To clarify. Anyone connecting to the Airave is still billed airtime minutes and or data whether they are Ting, Sprint or Boost. The Airave is just another Sprint cell tower. 

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  • So an Airave doesn't get charged $6 /month for a device charge?  That's excellent.  I was assuming the monthly charge, and decided to keep my other Airaves active with Sprint as long as possible.  Won't hurt as much when I have to replace them with Ting versions if I'm not having to pay a monthly device charge as well.  Thanks!

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  • The Airave was discussed as an option, and as I am currently with AT&T with a Microcell, I have no other alternative solution to something like this.  I really want to support what Ting is doing, and I'm in No Contract right now, but I simply have no use for a cell phone that doesn't have a tower to connect at home.  Are there plans to offer this again?  (Currently, Airave is not located in the devices for sale section)

    Secondly, are there any plans to allow connectivity to wifi for calls?  (I'm not looking for a way out of spending minutes of talk time, I'm more looking for a solution that doesn't require a 160 dollar investment up front to switch to your company.  If that was not an obstacle, I'd already be a Ting Customer)

    Thanks!

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  • Hi Brandon. We're currently out of stock of Airaves, but you could still bring a Sprint Airave to Ting. You can find many Sprint Airaves for sale online and there are just a few things you need to check (below) before going through. For more information,  please check this link. Your Airave must be:

    - Manufactured by Airvana, not Samsung

    - Version 2.0 or 2.5

    - MAC ID begins with 0005B

    - Must be currently inactive

    One of our goals for this year is to offer voice over IP (VoIP) calling. In other words, we'd route calls through the Internet where possible and seamlessly handle off between cellular and wi-fi networks.  We don't currently have ETA for that at the moment, but  this blog post has some more info on that.  I'd keep an eye on the blog for any updates.

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  • Buy an Airave from eBay.  The V2 or 2.5 work well. 

     

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Airvana-AIRAVE-Sprint-Access-Point-In-Home-Cell-Phone-Signal-Booster-HubBub-WOW-/331084176132?pt=US_Cell_Phone_Signal_Boosters&hash=item4d16279b04

     

    I’ve purchased several from this seller.  They work great (and you can’t beat the price).

     

    Once you have it, get the Mac address off the unit and call Ting.  They activate it with Sprint and you have 5 bars in the house.  Buy another to stick at work.

     

    Don’t bother trying to use for DATA.  No point and Wife is free.

     

    Pretty much a no-brainer when you can get this cheap on eBay.

     

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  • You all are so awesome, thanks!!!!!!!!!

    I will soon be a proud Ting Customer. :)

    Felipe, Right ON!!  I sure do like the direction this company is going.

    For years, I've held off on a Smart Phone because of the instant 20 dollar upgrade to monthly fees at at&t.

    But now, I can get a Smart Phone, and reduce my monthly bill by 15 dollars...   Simply amazing!!!!

    So tired of having 3 or 4 horrible phones to choose from.  This is so wonderful, thank you TING!!!!

    And thanks Todd, if you have bought there before, I'll probably buy there as long as the product worked for you and met compliance.

     

    :)

     

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  • I finally bought an Airave (2.5+) and I'm kicking myself for not having done this earlier.  I've got a solid 72mbps throughput Internet connection and the Airave seems to love it.  I've got 5 solid bars of signal strength on my cellphone all throughout the house.  Calling someone's land line number sounds like my cell phone is on a land line.  Crisp call quality with no background noise.

    I'm really curious as to how this thing works.  I guess the call gets routed through the Internet and then out into a land line trunk somewhere.  Truly amazing.  I bought my Airave off of eBay as a new unit from a respectable seller and paid $65 shipped.  Well worth it!  :-)

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