T-Mobile Announces Uncarrier 7.0: Personal CellSpot, WiFi Unleashedby Joshua Ho on September 10, 2014 5:08 PM EST
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While it was alluded to in the iPhone 6 announcement, today T-Mobile is announcing WiFi Unleashed, which enables WiFi calling and texting for all Simple Choice customers and seamless hand-off of calls to cellular. In addition, T-Mobile is also partnering with GoGo to provide free text messaging and visual voicemail in flights that use GoGo to provide WiFi.
On the Personal CellSpot side, T-Mobile will give a free Asus 802.11ac WiFi router with 25 USD refundable deposit to Simple Choice customers starting on September 17th, which also acts as a femtocell and will provide signal to improve capacity and coverage of the network.
Overall, this seems to only extend the lead that T-Mobile already has with their extensive focus upon disrupting how mobile network operators do business in the US, and it'll be interesting to see what's in the Personal CellSpot.
Source: T-Mobile Newsroom
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anactoraaron - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - linkWiFi calling for all simple choice customers... Regardless of the device they use? That would be HUGE. That's the only thing I miss on my Nexus 5 coming from a Samsung phone.
Phawx - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - linkIt still won't be supported on the Nexus 5 unless it gets updated. Tmobile is only stating from this point forward, all of the phones it sells will support wifi calling.
anactoraaron - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - linkYeah after making the rounds on the interwebs I found that out. Lame. Still not too late to embed it into hangouts, Google.
If google isn't going to include WiFi calling then T-Mobile probably won't carry any nexus devices anymore :(
andy o - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - linkYou can get the cellspot. As far as I understand it, it will get you cel coverage via Wifi.
Impulses - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - linkYeah, that gives you the same result at home, doesn't account for other places where you might have Wi-Fi but poor cell coverage tho.
ethebubbeth - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - linkGoogle just added voice integration into Hangouts with 2.3. It's rolling out over the next few days.
uditrana - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - linkReally hope that they somehow support the new Moto X with wi-fi calling. Not sure how since with MotoMaker it will be shipped from Motorola though (and the old one doesn't support it for the same reason)...
shomizu9 - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - linkAddressing the comments above asking/musing how wifi calling could be done on phones that don't have it integrated already - T-Mobile could (and should) develop an app easily that could support it
Fleeb - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - linkDidn't they do this before? http://www.t-mobile.com/company/PressReleases_Arti...
Impulses - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - linkA lot of this isn't necessarily ground breaking, I dunno about Tmo buy Sprint has given out free femtocells for years. I've had my Airave since before I got rid of the OG EVO.