Subject: [IP] NY Times coverage of T-Mobile dual mode phone trial
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From: Bob Frankston <Bob2firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: December 15, 2006 3:41:39 PM JST To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: "'Glenn Fleishman'" <email@example.com> Subject: RE: [IP] NY Times coverage of T-Mobile dual mode phone trial
Neat trick -- you get someone to pay for 3000 minutes of calls and then get
them to pay another $20 to use other people's Wi-Fi transport to reach the
PSTN? That takes gall. But a neat trick if you can confuse people into
thinking they something for free while really paying more.
Am I missing something or is it sufficient to sprinkle a little Wi-Fi on
things to make the brain go into neutral. But that's also the point of
http://www.frankston.com/?name=WiFiEdge -- instead of thinking about
connectivity cities are fixated on the magic of Wi-Fi and missing the point
that the particulars of the transport should no longer matter.
-----Original Message----- From: David Farber [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 00:51 To: email@example.com Subject: [IP] NY Times coverage of T-Mobile dual mode phone trial
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From: Kurt Albershardt <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: December 15, 2006 10:27:50 AM JST To: email@example.com Subject: NY Times coverage of T-Mobile dual mode phone trial
MATTHEW MILLER wanted to cut the cost of his cellphone plan. He and his wife, Dayna, had regularly exceeded their 2,000-minute-per-month T-Mobile family plan, incurring extra-use charges that reached $60 some months.
With her home business and his daily commute of two and a half hours to his job in Seattle, they decided this year to move to the maximum 3,000-minute plan. They spend another $20 a month for unlimited long- distance calling on their landline.
Mr. Miller, a columnist for Geek.com and ZDNet in his spare time, was therefore not surprised when T-Mobile asked the couple to join an early local test of a service that combines the ubiquity of cellular networks with the flat pricing for unlimited calls available with some Internet-based phone services.
The new service, HotSpot@Home, allows a subscriber to place calls from a mobile phone using cellular and Wi-Fi networks, whether a home wireless network or a hot spot operated by T-Mobile.
In my own testing, I found the service a reasonable first draft of what could become a reliable alternative to both all-cellular networks and an emerging set of Wi-Fi-only phones. The marriage might even save money - for both T-Mobile and its subscribers. Carrying calls over Wi-Fi networks costs the company as little as 20 percent of the expense of calls handled on a cellular network.
All calls originating on a Wi-Fi network to numbers in the United States are included in a monthly fee of $20 for a primary phone and $5 for additional phones in a family plan. The Wi-Fi plan must be coupled with a traditional voice cellular service plan of at least $40 a month.
Although T-Mobile introduced the service in late October, after the tests in which the Millers took part, the company allows subscribers to sign up only in the Seattle-Tacoma region, and only at corporate stores. The service can be used nationwide, however.
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