Thursday, June 28, 2007

T-Mobile first in US with long-awaited UMA cell-to-WiFi service

In order to take advantage of the service at home, users need to have access to an 802.11 network; they can set up one on their own or purchase a Linksys router from T-Mobile as part of the package. They can also use any number of public WiFi access points or one of T-Mobile's roughly 8,000 WiFi HotSpots. Users will also need to have one of the currently two capable phones offered by the carrier. Those phones are the Nokia 6086 and the Samsung T409—a disappointing choice to some—but T-Mobile has expressed enthusiasm about the service and has promised to make more UMA phones available in the future. Current T-Mobile phones that have WiFi capabilities can't be used with @Home service.