So it is with great interest that we watch Sprint’s Airave femtocell service launch. Engadget reported today that consumers across the US can now order the Airave service.
The upfront price of the femtocell has increased to $99.99 from $49.99 in the initial service trial (
While some might question the logic of using a 2G/CDMA radio in the Airave (slower data service indoors, anyone?), it does ensure that the service will work with 100% of its deployed base of handsets, rather than the fraction of subscribers with 3G (EV-DO) phones.
Of course, T-Mobile’s HotSpot @Home service is the incumbent ‘home zone’ service offer in the
So it looks like the game is on for US consumers and mobile service providers. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.