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.
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T-Mobile Digits Lets You Call or Text from a Phone, Tablet, PC
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Samsung Talks Up 5G Ecosystem, Verizon Teases 5G Phone
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AT&T Shows Off '5G Evolution' Mobile Hotspot
AT&T today announced the Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Hotspot Router, what it calls the first 5G evolution mobile hotspot. The device supports AT&T's test 5G networks in select markets, such as Austin, Texas, and AT&T's existing LTE 4G network everywhere else.
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...