T-Mobile to Launch Converged Cellular/Wi-Fi Service this Summer
May 3, 2007, 7:59 AM by (staff)
T-Mobile has been trialling technology that allows Wi-Fi-equipped cell phones to automatically roam between cellular and Wi-Fi hotspot networks in Seattle for several months. Today it announced that it plans to roll out the Hotspot at Home service nationally in mid-June. For an extra $20 per month (and $5 per additional line), customers will be able to use specific Nokia or Samsung handsets to make calls via home Wi-Fi networks or T-Mobile's 8,000 hotspots across the U.S., as well as T-Mobile's regular cellular networks. Customers may use their existing Wi-Fi routers at home, though T-Mobile will offer its own router that's optimized to provide the best service. T-Mobile is also mulling the possibility of allowing customers to plug in a regular landline to the router, which would enable families to share the single line. Sprint and AT&T (Cingular) have also trialled this technology, but have not announced any plans to deploy it.
Cablevision Launching FreeWheel WiFi-Based Phone
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T-Moble's Personal CellSpot Available Today for $25
T-Mobile said the Personal CellSpot is available to its customers beginning today. The CellSpot is a Wi-Fi hotspot for in-home use that allows smartphones to make voice calls over Wi-Fi rather than T-Mobile's cellular network.
T-Mobile Expands Wi-Fi Calling, Partners with GoGo
T-Mobile today said it will make Wi-Fi calling available to all its postpaid customers for free. The move, announced at an event in San Francisco, is meant to help provide improved voice coverage in spaces where T-Mobile's network doesn't reach.
Cellular One to Shutter Montana and Wyoming Networks
Cellular One has indicated it plans to cease offering wireless service in the states of Montana and Wyoming. Cellular One has advised its customers there to find an alternate provider before August 31, which is when it plans to halt operations.
Samsung Talks Up 5G Ecosystem, Verizon Teases 5G Phone
Samsung today revealed a number of 5G-related projects it is working on, including a home router, a base station, core network infrastructure, and a mobile chipset. The 5G Home Router is of particular interest, as Samsung said it would serve as an in-home replacement for fiber-to-the-home for broadband service.
I don't get it..
...and how my HotSpots are in location with no TMobile Cell Service?
...I really don't get it.
Sounds like it's only benifical to TMobile as a way to off load cell bandwidth onto the 'net.
Its about time
I cant imagine Tmobly fans will accept this a effortlessly as the my faves. However, they will get more market share once this thinf finally jumps off. But thats just my perspective.
Is it just me or did AT&T a.k.a. "The Man", launch the phone at home cradle like three years ago ...
That just forwarded your mobile phone number to your landline phone. You still needed a landline and...
The T-Mo one would actually let your phone work on...