Airave Review

Hi guys I got my airave from ting yesterday and I just wanted to give you guys my review of the device and general thoughts about wether you should get the device or not. Let me start of by saying Maine is a rough area for any company including VZW, in the town that I work I am lucky to get two or three bars of service(most of the time one bar maybe two if I'm lucky). It's decent, but I can easily say if it was not for ting I would not be associated with sprint! I averaged about one to two bars at home with a dbm of about -88 to -95. I needed a fix for this issue although I had pretty good coverage with very little dropped calls I needed a device to boost my signal and the airave was the solution. As soon as I saw the device for sale through the ting store I snatched up the deal. As soon as I plugged it in I had full coverage with in five minutes. The device works wonders. Even in my basement I get three bars and that's three floors down in a room that has everything that cellphone reception hates including concrete walls and floor with noise cancelation paint and insulation(keeps water heater and boiler noises from traveling to the main parts of the house). I have been plenty impressed with this device and I recommend it to anyone. I know the device Is a bit pricey, but if you factor in what you are going to save over a year the the device pays for itself plus it is a one time fee and you are not billed on it monthly. I was surprised to see virgin mobile also a works with this device. I had a friend come over and she had no issues making or receiving calls with the airave system and texting along with data worked wonders. So if you have lousy coverage in your house get this device! You will not regret the decision. PS I BYOD a Evo 3D with no hassle what so ever and activation was a synch. A note to the ting team, pleas talk to sprint about letting customers BYOD iPhone's(iPhone 4 and 4S), because I have five people in my family that where impressed with this service and yes they are all apple nerds. I know you guys would have to spend a lot of $ to offer the device for sale which is not what I'm asking, but it would be awesome if we could bring the device over from sprint. Thanks everyone and have a great day!

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  • Thanks, I had heard about these and thought they enabled wifi calling. So they boost cell signal in the home. Cool.

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  • The iPhone has been a frequent request and Ting has been working on it. Sprint isn't likely to give up exclusive access to the iPhone very easily. 

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  • Perhaps Cricket has some exclusivity?

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  • Thanks so much for sharing this Ryan!

    We're also doing everything we can to begin offering the iPhone. If and when that changes, we'll be sure to make a very big announcement of it. Trust me.

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  • Oh I know you guys will and I'm sure you will offer the iPhone eventually. I am a droid user(Eco 3d) and could not be happier. I feel like we could appeal to more users if ting would have the capability to Boyd iPhone 4 and 4's, but oh we'll what can you do right :)

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  • What can you do Ryan? Stay on Sprint's good side for one.  :)

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  • Give the dig a cookie and hell give you a bone............something like that :-)

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  • Ahhhh man I mean dog not dig........ I hate typing on iPad!

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  • Agree with Ryan, the Airave is great for boosting coverage. I had one (free loaner) while on Sprint and had no qualms about purchasing one outright after moving to Ting.

    A note on setup- the Airave instructions tell you to install the unit inline BETWEEN your cable modem and your router. If you prefer to hook it up behind the router and within your network, there are several forums on the interwebs that tell you which ports to open on the router to let everything work. Also, the Gen3 model that Ting sells works much more reliably than the old one Sprint gave me.

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  • In my case and I think with some others, I didn't have to open any additional ports to use the Airave behind my router.

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  • Is the Gen3 model mentioned the one that says Airave 2.5 on the side?  I have one that says 2.5 (eBay) and one that doesn't, but on the bottom (free loaner from Sprint), they both say the same model number.  Are they the same or not?  They're about a year apart in age.  If neither of these are the Gen3 model that Rob mentions, what are the benefits to upgrading to the Gen3 model?  Am pretty frustrated with weak Sprint signal at my house, will ditch the ones I have and get new if it really will help.

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  • @Sarah. I think Rob likely means the one with 2.5 on the side when he says Gen 3, AFAIK there have been four versions of the Airave: two from Samsung (v 1.0, 2007 updated in 2009) and two from Airvana (v2.0, 2010 and v2.5, 2012). The Airvana models differ in appearance mostly in the lights and the 2.5 marking on the newest model. 

    I just did a BYOD on one of the 2009 Samsungs (the SCS-26UC2) and it was painless and very worthwhile. I paid $18 on eBay, shipping included. Called Ting this morning to activate it. Joey said it takes Spint 24 hours to activate, but a little less than two hours later I got an email that it was active. When I got home tonight I plugged it into my router and put it next to a window, and within 10 minutes I was making calls with it. I haven't tested the range much yet, but in my long narrow 4000 sq ft house I've gone from no bars to 4 bars on most of the main floor and the sound quality and delay seem reasonable. I'd really like to thank Ting for making BYOD on the Airave available, allowing me to have a femtocell for $18 up front and $0/month. I'd say that's a great deal!

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  • So, it is possible to BYOD an airave? Man, I need one of those!

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  • George,

    Airave will only work in certain areas determined by Sprint. Check for eligibility at  http://www.sprint.com/landings/airave_eligibility/index.html?ECID=vanity:airavecoverage

    If you are eligible, it appears that some models of Airave have worked for BYOD.

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  • Ting has confirmed Airave BYOD publicly: https://ting.com/blog/device-update-new-devices-devices-on-sale-refurbs-and-a-bring-your-sprint-device-to-ting-update/. If you call them they can give you a list of the eligible devices. It was pretty long -- long enough that it may include all of Sprint's Airave models. BYOD certainly works for my Airave 1.0 circa 2009. They also said in that blog post that they will soon be selling refurbed Airaves for under $100. However, my experience with an $18 device from eBay probably indicates that even $100 may not be necessary. YMMV on the Airave itself, of course; there may be situations where the Airave 2.0 or 2.5 is superior.

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