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T-Mobile UMA "A Couple of Bucks a Month"

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Feb 9, 2006, 1:06 PM   by (staff)

PC Magazine has learned more details on T-Mobile's upcoming UMA plans. The information comes from Philips, which manufactures the Wi-Fi chipset included in Samsung's T709. They revealed that subscribers would be able to use the phone to make calls with their home Wi-Fi network for a flat rate of a few dollars per month. Philips was careful not discuss their carrier partner for the T709, but the phone has been shown with T-Mobile branding and appears to be an exclusive for the carrier. The phone will use UMA to seamlessly transfer calls between the cellular network and a compatible Wi-Fi access point. T-Mobile has confirmed its commitment to UMA technology in the past, a re-confirmed it to PC Magazine as well.

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pauldg

Feb 9, 2006, 2:12 PM

"couple of bucks" plus your VoIP service?

The UMA service is simply the actual 'switch' from cellular to Wifi, right? you'd still have to pay Vonage, or Skype, or whoever, right?

if this is supposed to fix tmo's coverage issues, it's more of a band-aid to the surgery it needs. it's innovative that they are offering the service, but it seems like a better way of conserving anytime minutes and side-stepping ma bell than fixing coverage issues
T-bobile?

LOL
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I wouldn't think so. T-Mo is going to be running there own servers on this using Kineto's UMA solution.
what this means is that if you are in a Wi-Fi zone then you will have service and unlimited data (b/c it doesn't cost the company money). This is very innovative, because it means you won't use minutes, you won't lose reception, and you can surf the ...
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No, you would not have to use vonage or packet8 (packet 8 is much better quality) at all. You would just need to have a internet connections.
No, you wouldn't have to pay a VoIP provider. T-Mobile is essentially providing that.

You need an Internet connection - you would have to pay for that, but that's it.
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Watch for it this year under the brand "T-Mobile @ home." I hear that they are partnering with Comcast for the VoIP service. Although the article mentioned the T-709, the new SDA and MDA should work with it as well. We'll see.
MorningStar531

Feb 9, 2006, 5:26 PM

UMA?

I'm not tech savvy, so please excuse the question. What is UMA exactly? I mean what does this mean as far as cell service with TMobile? Embarassed
T-Mobile?...Don't you mean T-Bobile??!?

"the phone has been shown with T-bobile branding and appears to be an exclusive for the carrier"
http://www2.phonescoop.com/glossary/term.php?gid=256 »

basically this means that your calls will seamlessly switch from your cellular service to Wi-Fi (wireless internet) VoIP (voice over internet protocol). More basically....if you are in a wireles...
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UMA

(Unlicensed Mobile Access)

Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) provides access to cellular mobile voice and data services over unlicensed spectrum technologies, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (802.11).

A UMA phone will use a cellular ne...
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kingstu

Feb 10, 2006, 3:28 PM

UMA Could End Roaming Fees???

With UMA on your cellphone and a UMA enabled wireless router, then wherever in the world you plug in your router you would be "in network" and not be subject to roaming. So you could go on business trip and save yourself huge overseas call fees and switch the sim when you want a local number with the country you are in. Sweet.
It doesn't matter with Tmobile, they have no roaming charges to begin with.
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wireless213

Feb 11, 2006, 4:56 AM

Watch out for Helio..........

UMA... what evers.... Helio could do same and even alot more.... watch out..... CDMA baby....
opinions vary
wtf? they don't even exist yet and there's a fanboy in here trolling threads already? That's just sad. Go ride a bike, little boy.
wireless-internet-4g

Feb 9, 2006, 4:24 PM

VOIP Wireless Internet Pricing Changes _ Verizon

just recently, as soon as verizon came out with EVDO, their TOS became reallly strict.. no cell evdo tethered useage.. no evdo router.. etc...

well... i routinely do VOIP Skype on my PPC internationally with EVDO.. so the big carriers.. t-mobile included... as soon as they get HSDPA and UPA out ...

bob wireless internet advisor
http://evdo-coverage.com »
http://wireless-internet-broadband-service.com »
 
 
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