T-Mobile Takes on FirstNet with Priority Access for First Responders
T-Mobile is rolling out a new feature that enables priority access to the network for approved first responders during emergencies. The feature provides some competition for AT&T's FirstNet, which also provides priority access for first responders. To use the new feature, a first responder organization must obtain approval for Wireless Priority Service from the Department of Homeland Security. Once approved, first responders can enter a special code before the call — or use a special dialer app — to enable network preemption. Intended for emergencies, network preemption will ensure the call goes through even when the network is at capacity, dropping other, non-emergency calls if necessary. The feature works only for voice calls, not messaging or data. T-Mobile also today announced its first rugged smartphone in several years: the CAT S62. T-Mobile already offers free unlimited service for first responder agencies through their Connecting Heroes program.
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