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

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

Summary: 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.

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

    I worked for this company for a short time. I learned a lot about how this industry works, what I didn't learn is why they're so expensive (all of them). The only conclusion I can come to is pure greed. The equipment is already in place even if there are customers there as well. It seems, to me, that they all try to make their money on each customers back. In my house, we call that greed. It's like the telephone company -vs- vontage commercial on television.. all you've done is raise your prices. No company secrets available.
    roberts_theodore@...
  • RE: T-Mobile announces new Talk Forever service for Seattle and Dallas, no

    Magic Jack!!! $19.99 for a YEAR'S worth of unlimited service. Crystal clear and NO telcos! We've had it for six months now and will never look back.
    a_vanderson@...
  • RE: T-Mobile announces new Talk Forever service for Seattle and Dallas, no home phone now needed

    you do not have to get a home telephone in orer for your alarm to work. You simply need to add a TelGuard to your alarm system. This sends a signal to Monitronics without a phone line, this is great because you only need to pay a one time fee to add this piece of equipment and never need a phoen again for it. Just call Monitronics and ask for a service rep. to come and add one for you. I am a dealer for them so it is an easy and fast appointment and no need for a phone line. Good luck
    msenior