[FoRK] Sprint Femtocells
Stephen D. Williams
<sdw at lig.net> on
Tue Sep 18 09:45:06 PDT 2007
Clever idea and service.
Sprint Rolls Femtocells in North America Print E-mail
By Doug Mohney
Less than two weeks ago at the Fixed-Mobile Convergence in Chicago,
Sprint (www.sprint.com) representatives said the company would make a
femtocell announcement by “the end of the year.” It came yesterday.
Customers in “select areas” of Denver and Indianapolis will get first
crack at Sprint’s AIRAVE femtocell, the first deployment in North
America. A femtocell is a compact base station that works with a
cellular phone and a broadband connection to provide enhanced in-home
wireless coverage, with the backhaul provided by a standard broadband
AIRAVE hardware is being built/provided by Samsung while Sprint is
providing a service bundle with the device that includes unlimited home
calling (presumably routed through the AIRAVE) in exchange for $15 per
month for individuals and $30 per month for families, in addition to a
customer’s regular wireless voice plan. The hardware is available at
area Sprint stores and will list at $49.99, but rebates are likely to be
available. Wire reports say the femtocell will support up to three voice
calls at once.
Sprint plans to offer AIRAVE later this year to customers in the
remainder of Denver and Indianapolis, along with Nashville, and to
customers nationwide in 2008.
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