I happen to live in one of two areas where T-Mobile was testing out their T-Mobile @Home Talk Forever service and as I wrote about in February I bought the service to see if it would work for me. After about 5 months of using the service, and saving myself $35/month, I am happy to say it is a worthwhile service that T-Mobile customers may want to take a serious look at when it comes to your area. T-Mobile announced that starting on 2 July the service will roll out nationwide. $10/month for unlimited local and long distance calling is a great deal.
For the first 3 months, I did experience random loss of service about every 3 weeks and had to speak with T-Mobile support. They took quick action and solved the issue, which was great because my wife was not happy about losing phone service. I have only seen a loss of service, the small blue light goes out, once in the last couple of months and that was simply solved by resetting the router without calling T-Mobile. I never lost my WiFi connection during these outages.
To be clear, this is not the UMA WiFi service that lets you call via a UMA-enabled device from your home and other WiFi hotspots, but it is the home phone service that uses the T-Mobile network (you actually put a SIM card in your router and it appears as another line of service). You will need 5.8 GHz wireless home phones, which you can buy from T-Mobile with your router. I had my own 5.8 GHz phones and they have worked well with voicemail, call waiting, caller ID, etc. Text messaging is not supported, which would actually be a cool feature to add in the future.
T-Mobile is also holding a couple of special promotions to kick off the nationwide launch where they will be giving away homes, mortgage, and rent payments.