T-Mobile announces new Talk Forever service for Seattle and Dallas, no home phone now needed

Just one week after T-Mobile cut the price of their HotSpot @Home service, they announced a new service option for those of us in Seattle and Dallas. T-Mobile's new HotSpot @Home Talk Forever service option is an additional US$10 over the new US$10 HotSpot @Home service, but as I understand it you could also choose just one or the other if you don't want both services. The new Talk Forever service requires a new HotSpot @Home wireless router with home phone connection (US$50 with 2-year contract) because you connect your standard 5.8 GHz home phone (or you can buy a V-Tech one from them for US$59.99) and use T-Mobile as your primary home phone service provider.

T-Mobile announces new Talk Forever service for Seattle and Dallas, no home phone now needed
Just one week after T-Mobile cut the price of their HotSpot @Home service, they announced a new service option for those of us in Seattle and Dallas. T-Mobile's new HotSpot @Home Talk Forever service option is an additional US$10 over the new US$10 HotSpot @Home service. The new Talk Forever service requires a new HotSpot @Home wireless router with home phone connection (US$50 with 2-year contract) because you connect your standard 5.8 GHz home phone (or you can buy a V-Tech one from them for US$59.99) and use T-Mobile as your primary home phone service provider.

I am quite excited about the possibilities of this service, especially after looking at my current Qwest home phone bill. I currently pay US$52 for basic home phone service with call waiting and caller ID, along with unlimited long distance. US$10 sounds MUCH more attractive to me though, doesn't it? I do have a Monitronics home alarm system and believe I will still need a standard home phone line, but that can be purchased for something like US$15 per month so I could still cut my Qwest bill in half with this new T-Mobile service.

I do have a couple of outstanding questions to get answered by T-Mobile before my wife fully buys off on using T-Mobile as our main home phone service. She is a bit worried about reliability too, but our Comcast cable internet service has been quite reliable. Here are the questions I need to get answered and if any of you know the answers, feel free to leave a comment with the answer:

  • Can I trial this service with a given number and then port my existing home phone number if it passes my tests?
  • Can you choose just one or the other of the two HotSpot @Home services if you don't want both services?
  • Since this is a T-Mobile number, if I call home from my T-Mobile cell are these call free since it is essentially T-Mobile to T-Mobile?
  • What is the cost of the router if I don't make a 2-year commitment and are there any minimum service commitments?
  • I understand there are some basic phone features included, but what are the specific functions/operations of voicemail (such as can I access my voicemail via the internet, can I have messages email to me, etc?)
  • Will adding this service void the grandfathered family text messaging plan I have now (all 4 phones have unlimited text messaging for US$10)?
  • Since there is a WiFi router as part of the service, can I also use a VoIP wireless phone too?
  • Can I receive incoming faxes or send faxes with this service?
  • I heard there are two SIM card slots in the router, what is the second card slot for?

In all likelihood I will be stopping by the T-Mobile store today to pick up this new router and give this service a try. If I do, I will make sure to post lots of photos and all the details here for all of you interested in the service located outside of Seattle and Dallas.

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