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Last Edited by BeAuMaN November 2, 2015 at 04:45 PM
Did a search did not see this posted.
Just came across this. T-Mobile updated cellspot router that now supports 4G LTE
This is not just wi-fi calling as it says it supports phones that "do not have wifi calling"
Still waiting on the details but wanted to get it out there for everyone

I got my cell spot ver. 1 last year got the $25 deposit waived.

Launches Nov 4th

http://www.tmonews.com/2015/11/t-...-cellspot/

another article
http://www.phonedog.com/2015/11/0...-your-home

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https://support.t-mobile.com/comm...51&irgwc=1
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Last Edited by eliteconcept November 9, 2015 at 07:02 AM
https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-24269

  • The 4G LTE CellSpot is a simple plug-and-play dedicated 4G LTE mini-tower in your home or small office.
  • The device creates 3G/4G UMTS and 4G LTE signal to improve indoor coverage, providing you with more dependable voice calls and more consistent data speeds.
  • All usage over the 4G LTE CellSpot will be billed to your T-Mobile account just like usage over the T-Mobile's network. <--- meaning will count toward your 4G data usage in your account
  • Data speeds cannot exceed your internet service provider's (ISP) data speed.




So this creates a hotspot for everyone using T Mobile LTE from your broadband internet (and its data caps) and then bills your LTE usage to your account? Why would I use this over my wifi again ?
Because you will also get better signal for voice. Data might not be much useful over your home Wi-Fi but if you have bad voice network then this will improve it.
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This is pretty nice! I might get this one.
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So this is strictly just for the benefit of other TMobile users around you who don't have wifi router from last year. As of yourself, you gain no benefit whatsoever (unless your phones don't yet support wifi calling).
edit: I might be wrong. Does 4G LTE CellSpot require no internet, i.e. it is actually a portable cellspot that you can take anywhere? By "plugging in", do they mean plugging in electrical outlet, or ethernet connection?
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I'm not entirely sure. You prob watched the video like I did. It seems like it'll just spit out 4G signal for about 3k sq feet for anyone. Keep in mind this is designed for people like myself who don't have signal where you live and that typically means (not always) that you are in a not very populated area.
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In the video he says a. it requires an internet connection, and b. it works even where there is no cellular signal. So this isn't just a repeater, like previous Cel-Fi units, and it's not just a router like Wifi CellSpot Router, it's actually like a low-power mini T-Mobile tower?
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So this is strictly just for the benefit of other TMobile users around you who don't have wifi router from last year. As of yourself, you gain no benefit whatsoever (unless your phones don't yet support wifi calling).
edit: I might be wrong. Does 4G LTE CellSpot require no internet, i.e. it is actually a portable cellspot that you can take anywhere? By "plugging in", do they mean plugging in electrical outlet, or ethernet connection?
its a signal repeater that support LTE, you place one at a location that can receive signal(window), and place the other one at somewhere you don't(basement,deep in the house and etc.)
so i doubt you can take it on the go since it probably require a AC adapter to function.
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Quote from Technosquid View Post :
In the video he says a. it requires an internet connection, and b. it works even where there is no cellular signal. So this isn't just a repeater, like previous Cel-Fi units, and it's not just a router like Wifi CellSpot Router, it's actually like a low-power mini T-Mobile tower?
looks like you are right, its a mini t mobile tower after all
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its a signal repeater that support LTE, you place one at a location that can receive signal(window), and place the other one at somewhere you don't(basement,deep in the house and etc.)
so i doubt you can take it on the go since it probably require a AC adapter to function.
I'm not convinced that this is a repeater. It sounds like it's not. It is somewhat ambiguous, because he says "All you need is power, and an internet connection where ever T-Mobile has spectrum." That statement might lead one to believe that it needs to connect to a T-Mobile cellular signal for that internet connection, but I think he's actually referring to whether or not T-Mobile has the right to transmit certain frequencies from your address, based on their FCC regulated frequency holdings.

If you live in a densely populated area, and you have metered cable or dsl internet, I'd think twice about ordering this. Unless the unit lets you select which devices connect to it, your neighbors might be using your monthly transfer cap.
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How many units can we get per account? Anybody knows? I suspect just one but it would be nice to be able to get one per each line...
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How many units can we get per account? Anybody knows? I suspect just one but it would be nice to be able to get one per each line...
It should be one per account not per line.
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How many units can we get per account? Anybody knows? I suspect just one but it would be nice to be able to get one per each line...
If they're classifying this like the router and the cel-fi, I was told it's one per account. When I ordered the Asus router, my little brother (also on the family plan, living at another address) had to return his Cel-Fi unit, which he wasn't using anyway. Although, this may be different, since the actual press release reads "The T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot is free to eligible Simple Choice customers - one per business or home location"

Should mention that the non-return fee on the Cel-Fi unit is $400. I'm guessing these are similar, although it might be less, since the non-return fee on the Asus router it only $100.
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Last edited by Technosquid November 2, 2015 at 09:14 AM
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It will use your internet connection. It's great for phones that does not support wifi calling when you can't get signal. Great for people who work under the subway here in nyc. My question is will this count against our T-Mobile lte data? Because technically we are using our own bandwidth.
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It will use your internet connection. It's great for phones that does not support wifi calling when you can't get signal. Great for people who work under the subway here in nyc. My question is will this count against our T-Mobile lte data? Because technically we are using our own bandwidth.
My guess, yes they'll count it against your 4G data. They'll think of it like their hardware in your house, you're connecting to their hardware, and so they'll meter it. Unfortunately I think it has to be that way, because if your neighbors are close enough to you that the 4G cellspot's signal is stronger than the closest T-Mobile tower, then they're going to be using your cable or DSL internet as well... if they begin noticing that their data is not metered, they may begin using much more data, which could be a problem if your cable or DSL connection has a metered transfer cap.

Funny, though... now that iPhone has WiFi calling built into the OS, and Android 6.0 does as well, the whole "great for phones that do not support wifi calling" benefit is becoming irrelevant. This device is obviously better from T-Mobile's perspective... it uses your internet (unlike the Cel-FI) and anyone can connect to it (unlike the Wifi CellSpot Router,) but I really think that for most consumers, the Wifi CellSpot Router is a better offering.

I think the reason they announced this product before the uncarrier X event rather than at the event is because they did not want all the stories written to be about these kinds of questions. If the rumors are true about the uncarrier X event, there are already going to be enough controversy over net neutrality.
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Assume they won't give this to prepaid customers? Also I get zero bars at my house.
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