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T-Mobile Launches UMA Service In Seattle

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Oct 23, 2006, 6:21 PM   by (staff)

T-Mobile today rolled out the HotSpot @Home service in Seattle area stores. "HotSpot @Home" is T-Mobile's brand name for Universal Mobile Access (UMA) which allows a cell phone to make voice or data calls using pre-approved Wi-Fi hotspot instead of the cellular network. In order to use @Home, customers need a compatible phone with Wi-Fi. T-Mobile is selling the Nokia 6136 and Samsung T709 for $50 each with a 2 year contract. The @Home service then costs an additional $20 per month for unlimited calling from a home access point as well as any T-Mobile hotspot. T-Mobile is also giving away a Wi-Fi access point for customers who do not have one already. The service is expect to launch in additional markets but has not announced any plans as of yet.

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Oct 23, 2006, 9:54 PM

What about MDA & SDA?

Can they be firmware upgraded to support UMA since they have built in wi-fi?
There's a "rumor" that they will release an update for their current WiFi enabled handsets to be compatible including the MDA, SDA and the new DASH. Wink I think it'd be stupid for them not to as they sold plenty of those devices including two MDA...

Oct 23, 2006, 8:00 PM

Atleast they are making progress

Looks like they are launching in their hometown first, which is understandable. The $50 price for the phones aren't bad, with a 2 year contract. They didn't even put it on their website yet. $20 for the feature, plus a free wireless router is good. I wonder if they mean u can use the service anywhere there is a wireless router around.
I was wondering the same thing. I have no signal at work but full wifi throughout. Time will tell.
they are growing very nicely with getting new spectrum, and offering new services. Now they need to expand their footprint quickly! If they do, they will be a threat and the top 3 big boys have got to watch out. (Especially Verizon)

Oct 24, 2006, 12:36 AM

Cool but greedy

Love the idea of using my home router for better reception. Hate the idea of paying an extra $20 a month for the privilege.
Doesn't your landline cost more than $20.00 a month with taxes?
The $20 gives you unlimited minutes while on a wi-fi.... definitely not greedy
Bitbucket.... the $20 is only if you PLAN on using (and will want to typically use) the Tmobile hotspots found in coffee houses, airports and so on. Otherwise, any free or currently open and available hotspot will work. Beta'd this months ago - works ...

Oct 24, 2006, 4:25 AM

From what I hear....

From what I hear, the $20.00 a month not only makes it so you can use ANY WiFi AP, not just T-Mobile's, for your signal strength but while using UMA, it's not using the sites so the usage won't go against your Whenever Minutes. So basically unlimited minutes while @ home or on a hot-spot. Very Happy
But that is just a rumor... Wink
It will work with any wireless router, some of them may drain your battery though, but not much. It is excellent.

Oct 23, 2006, 9:49 PM

Rich or Eric, is that price the real standard price for the feature?

That $20 price is official for all markets or just for Seattle's test run?
Seattle's test run but it will probably be the price for the nationwide launch.

Oct 24, 2006, 4:36 AM

Just found their Link....

Just found T-Mobile's UMA site with loads of info..:: »

Oct 23, 2006, 9:52 PM

$20 for UMA only or Hotspot data service as well?

If it included t-mobile hotspot for data usage as well, this is a good deal! =)
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