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T-Mobile to Launch Converged Cellular/Wi-Fi Service this Summer

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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.

more info at The Wall Street Journal »

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karmavore

May 5, 2007, 1:09 AM

I don't get it..

how many people does this actually appeal to?

...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.
Quite a few, actually -- it's a way to easily have perfect and unlimited service in your house, for one thing. For another, it means that anyone who uses a ton of daytime minutes (lawyers, salespeople, contractors) can stop for lunch in or near a Star...
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bnpballer

May 3, 2007, 9:21 AM

Its about time

Is it just me or did AT&T a.k.a. "The Man", launch the phone at home cradle like three years ago and it when down in flaming glory faster than The Heat in the playoffs this year?
Laughing 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.
I hope peer pressure works on ATT/Cingular. I really want this at home :-)
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bnpballer said:
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...
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The phone at home cradle was a little different. The network would forward calls to a regular landline phone, but it would need some signal once in the cradle to tell the network to forward calls.

The T-Mo one would actually let your phone work on...
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