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T-Mobile Begins UMA Trials

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Aug 14, 2006, 12:52 PM   by (staff)

Selected T-Mobile customers in Oregon and Washington have begun a large scale beta test of UMA technology. The carrier asked for beta testers on a number of message boards last month and began trials last week. Testers receive a T-mobile Wi-Fi access point and a compatible dual mode Wi-Fi/GSM phone. After connecting the base station to their broadband internet connections, they can then make unlimited calls when in range of the home hot spot for a low monthly fee. Rumors are that the price during the trial is $5 per month. T-Mobile is expected to launch this service nationwide this fall. Initial adopters may be offered a choice of handsets in addition to the already revealed Samsung T709. The Nokia 6136, LG CL400 and many smartphones support UMA.

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Aug 14, 2006, 1:09 PM

I wish Cingular would get this

Then i could get unlimited calls at home. 😁

Unfortunately seems like Cingular does not like Alcatel as a vendor. Too bad for them, because Alcatel is the only one with the network ready to deploy this. Alcatel is far ahead of any other vendor in terms of having mastered the specs.


Aug 15, 2006, 12:05 AM

how do you become

a tester and how do they pick you thats what i wanna know...
Sounds like from the first post that you could have walked into a store in the area...

Aug 15, 2006, 11:52 AM

Saw this in the Bellevue store

Went in on Saturday to a store in Bellevue/Factoria right by T-Mobile HQ and they had the Linksys access point sitting there with FREE as the price next to the UMA phone. I picked up the pamphlet and asked the guy about it. He said it was a trial market with only 200 users. He said they were all full up although there was a waiting list I could get on if I was interested. The service is called "T-mobile HotSpot @Home" and costs $19.99 per month when added to a $39.99 or greater voice plan. You get unlimited calls at home and any T-Mobile wifi hotspot. It says that the phone will "automatically and seemlessly transition between Hotspots and the T-Mobile GSM network so you never miss a word". That's quite interesting because I heard from some...
Did you get any feel for whether TMobile had a lot of folks on the At-home trial waiting list? I'd like to get on that list if possible.


Aug 17, 2006, 1:28 AM

Phone at launch

The nation wide launch is set for Feb 2007 and the handset is the Nokia. 😉

Aug 15, 2006, 4:40 PM

Motorola A910?

I remember reading that the Motorola A910 was supposed to be compatible with this... anyone know the scoop on that?

Aug 15, 2006, 3:37 PM


I had heard of the @Home service in February, and have been waiting a minute. The most surprizing thing in the article is listing an LG phone. T-Mob has been SO against them (probably since they back Samsung)!

Aug 14, 2006, 1:52 PM

Wish I could try it...

Unlimited calling from home means I can ditch my landline and take my base station when I travel so I am always home 🙂
I was thinking the same thing. 😎
I heard eventually there will be unlimited calling from ANY hotspot so there might not be a need to do this...

finally an advantage to being a t-mob customer outside of low price. any suggestions on good uma phones?
The phone I tried it with, was MOST annoying - required resets on a regular basis. Hopefully, the other two they are offering will fair better.

Otherwise, good service overall.
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