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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armodons - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - linkThe CellSpot is NOT a femtocell - just a router with QoS for T-mobile Wifi calling.
Look at the requirements for getting a CellSpot: Wifi-calling capable smartphone. T-mobile users won't just automatically connect to your Wifi network.
efficacyman - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - linkThe true un-carrier thing to do would be to release it as an app or framework which could be integrated into custom roms (but not supported by tmobile).