T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 7.0 Move Uses WiFi to Provide Improved Coverage

T-Mobile’s next move in the company’s Un-carrier strategy was announced today, and it’s going to change the way T-Mobile customers connect with their friends and family. Simple Choice plan customers can now send and receive texts and voice calls over WiFi, provided they have a compatible phone and a broadband connection. WiFi calls to the U.S. which originate from outside the country are free also.

Customers can also purchase the T-Mobile Personal CellSpot, which connects to your home wireless network and delivers crystal clear calls to your T-Mobile device. Beginning September 17th, customers can grab a CellSpot for free with a $25 refundable deposit.

Magenta customers will also be able to send and receive unlimited texts, picture messages and visual voicemails when on a flight on a U.S. airline which has GoGo in-flight wireless.

This move makes jumping to T-mobile even more enticing. Anyone thinking of making the jump?


 

T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier 7.0

Un-leashes Wi-Fi Worldwide

 

Enables every T-Mobile customer and smartphone to call and text over any Wi-Fi connection

for seamless coverage where no carrier network reaches – even at 30,000 feet

 

Unveils T-Mobile Personal CellSpot for personal coverage wherever customers choose

 

San Francisco, California – September 10, 2014 – Get ready for a whole new way to think about mobile coverage. T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) today rewrote the rules of wireless again with Un-carrier 7.0 “Wi-Fi Un-leashed,” breaking several major announcements that together deliver coverage where no cellular network has gone before.

 

With every major smartphone maker adopting it, Wi-Fi calling and texting has reached a tipping point, and T-Mobile is getting 100% behind it as only the Un-carrier can – to deliver unprecedented coverage to its customers to places where no cellular network can reach.

 

With Wi-Fi Un-leashed, T-Mobile announced that it’s lighting up Wi-Fi calling and texting for every Simple Choice customer on every new smartphone it sells. Now 100% of new smartphones in T-Mobile stores will be Wi-Fi calling and texting capable, and 100% of T-Mobile customers will be able to get a Wi-Fi calling and texting capable smartphone if they don’t already have one. To make it easier for customers to take advantage of these new capabilities, T-Mobile is opening an exclusive enrollment window in JUMP!, the Un-carrier’s revolutionary upgrade program, so customers can immediately upgrade to a new Wi-Fi calling ready smartphone.

 

“Wi-Fi Un-leashed is a game changer.  This is like adding millions of towers to our network in a single day,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “The difference between us and the traditional carriers is that they’ll do everything they can to make more money off you. We’ll do everything we can to solve your problems, and today, that’s about uniting Wi-Fi with our data strong network for unprecedented coverage.”

 

In contrast to the carriers, who lock customers inside walled-off, proprietary networks to monetize them, T-Mobile has taken a typically disruptive Un-carrier approach with “Wi-Fi Un-leashed” by tapping every available technology to deliver coverage in places unreachable by any cellular network – and by making it incredibly simple.  There’s no app to install or separate IDs to remember.  Just use your phone.

 

In addition to enabling T-Mobile customers to use any public or private Wi-Fi connection they can access like a T-Mobile tower for calling and texting, the Un-carrier has rolled out next-generation Wi-Fi calling and texting on its network.  This new technology is designed to deliver high-quality HD voice, fast call setup times, fewer dropped calls and seamless voice coverage between T-Mobile’s nationwide Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network and Wi-Fi with compatible smartphones.

 

With Wi-Fi Un-leashed, all T-Mobile customers can also make free Wi-Fi calls to the United States from anywhere outside the country – all using their existing T-Mobile number with no app to install and no additional IDs or numbers to manage – wherever they have Wi-Fi.

 

Full-Bars Personal Coverage Wherever You Choose

In a classic Un-carrier move, T-Mobile introduced another radically simple idea;give customers the power and freedom to personalize their coverage wherever they choose. The Un-carrier unveiled the T-Mobile Personal CellSpot, a new device that enables everyone to put the capabilities of a personal T-Mobile tower in their house.

 

With 57% of American wireless users saying they often drop calls in and around their home, the Personal CellSpot delivers a full-bars T-Mobile experience  in your basement workshop, small business or anywhere else you have broadband – using state-of-the-art Wi-Fi technology. What’s more, it can completely replace your existing Wi-Fi router or operate right alongside it.  And, the T-Mobile Personal CellSpot comes with unique patent-pending technology that prioritizes voice calls for crystal clear HD voice.

 

Starting September 17th, every Simple Choice customer with a broadband connection and a Wi-Fi-calling ready smartphone can get a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot completely free of charge with a $25 refundable deposit. The only thing left to do is decide where you want your personal full-bars T-Mobile experience.

 

“For years, the big phone company utilities have told you where you can and can’t have coverage. And wherever their networks can’t reach, you’re SOL,” said Legere. “With T-Mobile Personal CellSpot, we’re putting an end to that old way of thinking. Now, you can decide wherever you want your own T-Mobile tower? giving you amazing full-bars experience where no carrier network has reached before.”

 

Coverage at 30,000 Feet

In a closely related move, T-Mobile extended “Wi-Fi Un-leashed” to the skies through an exclusive, new partnership with Gogo, the world’s leading in-flight connectivity service.  Through the partnership, T-Mobile customers will be able to send and receive unlimited text and picture messages, and even get visual voicemail, on any Gogo-equipped flight on U.S.-based airlines – that’s more than 75% of domestic flights carrying close to 300 million people last year.

 

And again this new service is absolutely free to all customers of the Un-carrier. Starting September 17, just enable Gogo in-flight texting once, then you can message just about anyone from anywhere you’ve got Gogo.  See www.t-mobile.com/gogophones for steps to enable Gogo in-flight texting and a list of compatible smartphones.

  • SBacklin

    This is going to be interesting to see it pan out. My issues with T-Mobile were more technical, call and message routing were problems for me. So many times people would call me and they would hear the phone ring but the phone would never ring on my end. The only way I would know if they called is if they left a voicemail which I sometimes get way later or if they told me in person they tried calling. My other concern is that not all “broadband” connections are good. Some are very slow DSL or what have you and how would that effect the quality of the connections?

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