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Quote :imo it's not worth the time to configure and flash routers you don't own and will have to return. Imagine changing cell service down the line, you'll have to buy new routers, flash them, configure in your network. The price is too high even for free routers.
Been using these for a year, stock firmware is meh stable. Needs a reboot once a month, and its finicky about grabbing internet connection from my modem. They're a pita. I'm returning mine to T-Mobile and buying>flashing routers that I will own, so I won't need to return upon changing service.
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Quote from MastarPete :I think T-Mobile botched this UnCarrier 7.0 announcement in the way they tried to explain it.
So let me take a moment to try and explain the technology involved here..
Since 2007 T-Mobile has offered wifi calling for an additional fee and had paid plan addons but it has since been opened up to anyone with a compatible phone.
Since then WiFi Calling has been considered a CORE FEATURE of T-Mobile service regardless of the plan you are on or how long you've had it.
What makes this new Wifi Calling push interesting is that T-Mobile is making the switch to VoLTE, otherwise known as Voice over LTE.
VoLTE is an entirely IP - data based - protocol. It means your cell phone is sending your voice call out as data.
Think of it like having Vonage built into your cell phone, no app necessary.
Since VoLTE is all data based it becomes easier to route the voice data over any internet connection that is available.
T-Mobile can now just modify the Android OS (Apple Modified iOS at the request of T-Mobile) to re-route your voice call and SMS texts to go out over any WiFi connection and temporarily "pauses" your phone's connection to the cell tower.
Because T-Mobile is modifying the Android OS to add WiFi Calling you will need a T-Mobile branded phone that has Wifi Calling built in.
T-Mobile's method of providing WiFi Calling requires deeper interaction with the phone's hardware than what a simple app can have access to even if rooted.
The ability to route voice calls and texts over a wifi connection is why T-Mobile is able to make the claim that any WiFi hostspot is now a T-Mobile Cell tower.
It's just marketing speak.
Now in order to ensure WiFi calls work properly you need to have a properly configured wifi router and an existing broadband internet connection that is capable of handling high priority time sensitive traffic.
That is where the CellSpot Router comes in.
The CellSpot Router is being offered to ensure everyone with T-Mobile post or pre-paid service have a Router that is capable of handling the high priority time sensitive traffic traffic WiFi calling generates, in a way that can minimize problems when making WiFi calls at the same time as other internet downloads in your home.
T-Mobile post paid customers with a Simple Choice plan can pick one up for a $25 refundable deposit. If you do not return the router after cancelling T-Mobile service you will likely be charged the remaining cost of the router. If additional CellSpot routers are needed, each additional CellSpot will be $99.
T-Mobile pre-paid customers will be charged the same $99 for each router.
To minimize problems during calls the CellSpot Router is pre-configured out of the box to optimize WiFi traffic and to give a higher priority to WiFi calling's high priority time sensitive traffic internet traffic.
To Quote John Legere's comment (T-Mobile CEO) during the Uncarrier 7.0 press event.
Meaning you connect the CellSpot Router your existing DSL or cable modem.
The CellSpot Router is based off of the same hardware that is used by ASUS to make the RT-AC68U.
The ASUS RT-AC68U is a high end AC1900 class router therefore it is safe to say CellSpot Router is going to perform BETTER than most people's existing home routers or combination modems with built in router and wifi.
Since this is going to be T-Mobile branded, certain value added ASUS firmware features will likely be left out to keep the price down and make firmware updates simpler.
This router is capable of running third party firmwares.
So, to be absolutely clear.
CELLSPOT IS NOT A FEMTOCELL
CELLSPOT IS NOT A MICROCELL
CELLSPOT IS A HIGH PERFORMANCE WIFI ROUTER
If you have T-Mobile post-paid service but do not have a phone capable of WiFi Calling and are in a weak coverage area you can call T-Mobile customer support and request a Cell-Fi signal booster for free.