T-Mobile's CellSpot Wi-Fi router available now

T-Mobile's CellSpot Wi-Fi router available now
Last week, during T-Mobile's Un-Carrier 7.0 event. the mobile operator announced that it would offer the Asus built CellSpot personal router to those who have trouble connecting to T-Mobile's pipeline from their home. According to the carrier, 57% of U.S. cellphone users report dropping calls from their own house. The personal router connects T-Mobile's broadband with a customer's handset to instantly give the user full bars and HD Voice. The latter is a system that provides extremely clear audio over a handset, removing extra noises. T-Mobile says that having the personal router is like "like having a personal T-Mobile tower in your home."

CellSpot works with Wi-Fi calling. For T-Mobile customers with a Simple Choice plan, all new phones purchased will now offer the service, which allows subscribers to make calls and send texts via Wi-Fi. Some of  T-Mobile's top selling handsets already offer Wi-Fi calling. Those phones include the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, among others.

To get their own CellSpot, T-Mobile customers need a qualifying Simple Choice plan, a broadband internet connection, and must put up a $25 deposit. You can pick up the router from your local T-Mobile store, or go online and arrange to have one sent directly to your home. The router has a range of 3000 square feet.

source: TechRadar

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9 Comments

1. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I am a bit unsure of this... If you have a T-Mobile phone and DO NOT have their Wi-Fi calling ON, does this CellSpot do anything? Seems like the answer is NO. Seems like they have just made this CellSpot for an upgraded Wi-Fi calling experience, which is commendable... as I have had my issues with T-Mobile Wi_Fi calling.

2. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

If you do not have T-Mobile, this cellspot gives you one of the best WiFi routers for all of your other devices. It's Wireless-AC which usually goes for about $200. Look up Asus Dark Knight.

8. njguy

Posts: 11; Member since: May 26, 2013

"If you have a T-Mobile phone and DO NOT have their Wi-Fi calling ON, does this CellSpot do anything?" Yes, it acts as a mini cell tower to give you voice and sms service. Not sure about mms, but I think that works as well. This would work for almost any recent t-mo phone, including feature phones. No wifi calling needed. It just happens to also have it's own Wifi functionality as well so you could theoretically replace an existing Wifi router rather than needing two devices.

9. djm63401

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

No this is not a signal booster you have to have wifi calling you can get a signal booster

3. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

It only helps with calling and texting. No boost for LTE? What if you live beyond the major city and you have no coverage what so ever? Does it give you a cell tower at your house? Or does it not do anything because it can't connect to anything?

4. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

weird seeing another wolverine screename around here... there's another member here with a similar sn (elitewolverine, where you at?!)

5. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

The WiFi Router uses your existing home internet connection to make calls and texts. Obviously if you're already connected to your home internet via WiFi, you'll also have data which renders LTE obsolete.

6. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Not necessarily, MMS (picture messaging, group messaging) very often times does not go through with the old Wi-Fi calling option on T-Mobile phones. I am not worried about anything else, but that!

7. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Just like Sprint's Airave but T-Mobile's is actually worth having.

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