It's been a while since we've heard about Sprint's Airave femtocell-basically a little box connects to your router and sends your calls over the internet so you have cell service even where you don't-but it looks like it's finally set to launch nation-wide, maybe as early as July 15. (It's been (in Denver and Indianapolis since Sept.) The Sammy-made station is apparently set to go for $99 at retail, which ain't so shabby. We're guessing the $30 per family (or $15 per user) monthly fee will either stick or actually go down (undercutting is one of their major strategies of late). [Sprint Users, Thanks Art!]
I gave Sprint an opportunity to keep me as a customer last month by setting me up with one of these, and they refused. I live and work in an area that, although the coverage maps say otherwise, is complete shit. I have been paying $59.00 a month for a year and able to actually make and/or receive about 1 in 8 phone calls, which, if a connection is actually made, will have a 1 in 3 chance of dropping during the conversation. Needless to say, I got them to at least agree that they suck (by getting 2 different network engineers to come measure the signal in my area), and they waived my ETF for when I leave (erm, July 11th).
The moral here is: Sprint should be giving away these things to their customer base to help suppliment their weak-ass coverage.