T-Mobile Announces WiFi Meshing Cellphone

Ryan piratehead at gmail.com
Fri Jul 6 00:39:57 CEST 2007

Let's keep an eye on this story and make sure we get OpenMoko included
in the process! Many people on these lists have requested and talked
about this feature, but the fact that it would be very difficult
without support from the telcos has frequently come up. Here's our

Sent to you by Ryan via Google Reader: T-Mobile Announces WiFi Meshing
Cellphone via Slashdot by Zonk on Jul 05, 2007 tregetour writes with a
link to a New York Times article penned by David Pogue about a quiet
announcement last week by T-Mobile. It has nothing to do with the
iPhone, but it could still be a welcome revolution for users plagued by
high cellphone bills. "Here's the basic idea. If you're willing to pay
$10 a month on top of a regular T-Mobile voice plan, you get a special
cellphone. When you're out and about, it works like any other phone;
calls eat up your monthly minutes as usual. But when it's in a Wi-Fi
wireless Internet hot spot, this phone offers a huge bargain: all your
calls are free. You use it and dial it the same as always -- you still
get call hold, caller ID, three-way calling and all the other features
-- but now your voice is carried by the Internet rather than the
cellular airwaves." He goes on to explain further benefits of the
system, and describes the wireless routers that the company will be
pushing with the service. The only thing missing: an estimate of when
it will hit stores.
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