T-Mobile dropping HotSpot@Home VOIP service

T-Mobile dropping HotSpot@Home VOIP service

Summary: T-Mobile USA is discontinuing its HotSpot@Home phone program. No more free, unlimited VOIP calls via Wi-Fi at home anymore, at least not through T-Mobile. Skype, anyone?


T-Mobile USA is discontinuing its HotSpot@Home phone program. No more free, unlimited VOIP calls via Wi-Fi at home anymore, at least not through T-Mobile. Skype, anyone?

The program has been in place for two years, but apparently never hit it big. Current HotSpot@Home members can continue to use their subscriptions until they run out, and T-Mobile will continue to support phone calls via Wi-Fi in public hotspots.

Other than that, it doesn't look like T-Mobile will be releasing a replacement to this service anytime soon.

Subscriptions were between $10 to $15 per month for unlimited calling for phones plugged into a broadband-connected adapter. But when Skype has monthly subscriptions starting at $2.95 that you can use from the ease of any compatible computer or smartphone, the HotSpot@Home program just doesn't seem worth it.

Any T-Mobile users out there distraught over this?

Topics: Mobility, Networking, Telcos, Wi-Fi

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  • HotSpot@Home

    never worked as promised anyway. always dropped calls when leaving or entering hotspot range. was supposed to handoff like cell to cell does. switched to unlimited account and phones that could receive signal in house.
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  • RE: T-Mobile dropping HotSpot@Home VOIP service

    There is a lot of confusion over over @Home services by TMo. First you have the phones that switch to WiFi at home and Hostpots. Then you have TMobile's VOIP service (like Vonage).

    From what I understand it's the VOIP service that is getting cancelled.

    I've been a TMo VOIP subscriber for a while. While their international rates were junk (couldn't compete with Vonage), it was hard to beat the $10/mo fee. And the voice quality was actually better than my experiences with other VOIP providers.

    I'm sad to see it go.
  • RE: T-Mobile dropping HotSpot@Home VOIP service

    I have had the @home service for only a few months and it works fine. The wifi calling on my TMo cell works well also. I wish more people signed up for the @ home service. They should have marketed it more aressively.
  • RE: T-Mobile dropping HotSpot@Home VOIP service

    T-Mobile @Home VoIP has been terrible for me in the three months I've used it. Even though it's only $10/mo. the cost of having to take calls on my wife's cell phone because of the down time has more than tripled my old Vonage bill. In other words, I'm exceeding her cell minutes (also t-mobile... scam) because of lousy uptime.
  • It's a crying shame

    For $10 per month this service was rock solid - and far more tolerant of iffy internet connections than Skype, Magic Jack and the like.

    Does anyone else support the same hardware? I'd happily switch to another carrier if only for the quality of service.