T-Mobile ASUS-made Personal Cellspot planned, as new LTE Cel-Fi booster appears again

We have two bits of really interesting information to share with you today in regards to T-Mobile’s plan to bring great coverage to everyone, both indoors and outdoors. And we’ll begin with the new stuff first, and perhaps the most interesting from a networking perspective.

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ASUS Cellspot Router

Buried within T-Mobile’s site is a reference to an unreleased Femtocell product. For reference, these work in a similar manner to microcells offered by other carriers. Unlike T-Mo’s current Cel-Fi signal booster, it doesn’t use existing HSPA/3G signal and amplify it within your home. Instead, this product will use your high-speed home broadband to create a mobile 3G signal within your house. The only requirement usually is that your home broadband is capable of a minimum download speed which can vary from carrier to carrier.

It showed initially as an “Askey Wi-Fi Cellspot Router”:

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However, once you zoom in to the tiny image (available here in T-Mo’s cache), you can see clearly that it’s an ASUS-made product, with T-Mobile’s logo and the “Personal Cellspot” branding stuck on.

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Of course, many tech-enthusiasts will have recognized the shape and design of the router as being one made by ASUS, without zooming in. It looks very similar to the RT-AC66U/R or RT-AC68U/R wireless routers made by the popular PC maker. Putting two+two together it looks like it’s one of those, but with an added built-in cell signal transmitter. So it’s not Wi-Fi calling, or UMA like the old BlackBerry phones used to have. It’s a mini cell-site in your house.

Now we’ve not heard any more specifics from any sources (yet) but it would appear that T-Mobile is planning to have this router available to customers in areas where they struggle to get good signal indoors. This is important because – currently – Cel-Fi boosters can only be offered to customers who get at least one bar of coverage in their area. The ASUS Cellspot won’t need pre-existing signal. A very big deal for customers in 2G/EDGE-only areas. Typically these microcells/femtocells are 3G/HSPA only, which means we almost certainly won’t see an LTE model.

As for the router itself, these are some of the best Wi-Fi routers on the market with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, with incredible range and multiple channels to ensure a great experience from all your compatible devices.

Specifics – as I mentioned – are unclear. I don’t expect these to be available to purchase in store. But I could be wrong on that. With the current crop of signal boosters, T-Mobile won’t proactively offer them to anyone unless it’s clear they can’t make do with just Wi-Fi calling. In fact, I’d guess that only a very small percentage of people would qualify for one of these Cellspots.

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LTE-capable Cel-Fi signal booster

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I won’t ramble on too much on this one, since we already found evidence of the next generation signal booster by Nextivity in some FCC filings and on the company’s own site. However, further evidence has emerged in a similar manner as the ASUS Cellspot.  Head on over to this link, and you’ll see the official image (albeit a tiny one) of the next generation Cel-Fi signal booster. Compare that with the official images from the FCC filing, and you’ll see it’s the same device.

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Since new signal boosters aren’t ever officially announced by T-Mobile, I wouldn’t expect any form of public unveiling. After all, the company doesn’t like to shout from the rooftops that you can get a signal enhancing product for free (if you meet specific criteria).

We’ll keep our ears to the ground and wait to hear more. If we do, we’ll be sure to update you on these.

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  • Chris

    Well, I think Personal Celspot = ‘This time it’s Personal” Uncarrier 7.0 campaign.

    • Billz

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • donnybee

      …interesting

      Hadn’t thought of that!

    • Krazonite

      Celspot/Hotspot…

      I was thinking hotspot, but it could very well have something to do with tethering and this…(or neither.)

      Can’t wait to find out.

    • VG

      I hope there’s more to UnCarrier 7.0 than this. IOS 8 with WiFi Calling is coming out soon, so there will be a much smaller demand for this hardware.

  • It would be great if you connected a T-Mo femtocell to your home internet connection, then you’re allowed to use other people’s femtocells as well. Would go a long way to solving the indoor connectivity problem.

    • 50atomic

      Crowdsourced network deployment! Give it free to people in weak service areas to serve the greater good!

      • דקס וויליאמס

        its kinda funny you say that. another company does the same exact thing, started last year too. Free Mobile, the parent company is no other than Iliad.

        • 50atomic

          The plot thickens…. great observation!

        • kenneth arnold

          Comcast does this so if you use there wireless router it turns on another whatever thy broadcast WiFi to the area as xfinity wifi

        • honestabe

          I believe Comcast has data caps on their internet service. It would be really evil if they count others’ use of the second wifi connection towards that cap…

        • kenneth arnold

          It’s completely separate from your line

        • Cellphone Chris

          They used to cap at 250GB/mo. but eliminated it as they increased speeds. They now only have caps in certain markets as a pilot. The commenter was correct in stating that Comcast’s new gateways produce a secondary hotspot accessible by other subscribers. Customers have the option to turn off the feature if they wish. The benefit is that existing customers can log onto these hotspots when away from home using their credentials.

          Imagine a company the size of Comcast purchasing T-Mobile; if they weren’t already involved in a huge acquisition, I could imagine them installing this type of device with home broadband – Comcast’s footprint would grow T-Mobile’s network immediately if the signal strength from these devices was strong enough!

        • peharri

          They don’t. With the exception of bandwidth, which is pooled between you and your neighbors anyway on cable modems, the Comcast xfinitywifi thing has no impact on your service – users connect to a different network with its own external IP address, and no usage of your account.

    • Verizonthunder

      I would not like that as a privacy concern will be a issue, Comcast customers had the same concern but they forced it with the only option to opt out was online run around

  • UMA_Fan

    T-Mobile should work with business that people frequent often where their signal struggles to penetrate buildings. Walmarts and shopping malls would be a big one.

    Partner with those guys to deploy these there. Tmobile gives Walmart exclusive prepaid rate plans make putting a femtocell in every store part of your agreement.

    • Cam Bunton

      Yeah, that was my first thought when I saw the ASUS cellspot. But the “Personal” branding kinda makes it clear that it’s not for the corporate/enterprise world.

    • honestabe

      It would be really interesting for Tmobile to use this in areas where no cellular service penetrates (like underground subways)

    • Tyler Riddle

      Cell companies are using “distributed antenna systems” for these sorts of challenging places. Kind of like pico cells. Not sure how much tmo is doing it but metro pcs did have DAS systems

  • jimmiekain

    @cam bunton strange question for you. Any idea if this has a mobile handshake? For example, if I start a call in my house with the assistance of this cell booster and leave the house will the call be handed to a cell tower? Or will the call be dropped when I am no longer in range of the booster?

    • Justin Johnson

      Yes, your phone connected to these in the same way as a normal cell. So it will work in the same way, handing over to the new cell tower when you are in range. As long as you have overlapping coverage between the micro cell and a cell tower you should no notice the hand over when you leave your home. Now if say you have very poor coverage outside your house you could have hand over issues.

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    I NEED one of these for when I frequent my in-laws. There is no native coverage there, just 2G roaming. I have been DYING for one of these to come out!

  • timmyjoe42

    It would be easier and cheaper for T-Mobile to find a way to let us put the wifi calling app on to our Nexus and unlocked devices.

  • nelagster

    Do we know when the micro cell (not booster) will be available? As someone who goes up north in Michigan during the summers, this would be great to have as there is literally zero coverage where I stay

    • Cam Bunton

      No idea. It might even be available now, I really don’t know, until someone who does tells me.

      • nelagster

        Thanks for the reply Cam. Keep us posted on when it becomes available please! Maybe I’ll call and bug them about it

      • nelagster

        Just talked to customer support and after trying to order one for our cabin, they said they didn’t have them but they would be coming. See transcript below:

        You: so will there be a microcell in the future?
        Jrglen B: Yes, we can expect that on Q4 of 2014 and Q1 of 2015.
        You: and that device will convert WiFi to a 3G/4G signal?
        Jrglen B: Definitely! We are also couping up plans if we can do it on LTE as well but no confirmation as of now.

        • T-Mobile Cares

          What you were told would be available is our Cel-Fi Signal Booster. They are currently out of stock and are expected to return sometime in the 4th quarter of this year.

        • nelagster

          Yes that is what they said about the signal booster as well.

      • T-Mobile Cares

        Please allow me to correct this point. The microcell devices will not be available to customers, unless certain criteria are met.At this time, business customers will only qualify for these units. All measures of troubleshooting must be exhausted, including all from an engineering standpoint. In special circumstances, we would then verify the customer would benefit from the microcell. Residential customers, at this time, are unable to obtain the microcell devices. Currently, this is a pilot program and may be discontinued at any time. Cam, please refrain from discussing products that have not been officially released by T-Mobile. It has the potential to create an unreasonable expectation for our customers. I hope this clears this up for everyone.

        • nelagster

          Well I have a cabin in Northern Michigan and T mobile has zero signal up there. I’m assuming I would qualify for a microcell?

        • T-Mobile Cares

          Sorry, Residential customers, at this time, are unable to obtain the microcell devices.

        • johnediii

          Right. T-Mobile Cares doesn’t seem to care how wrong you were. They are announced as available to home customers for a refundable deposit if you’re on a Simple Choice plan.

        • Mike Palomba

          You are not a T-Mobile employee and need to stop pretending to be one. As of now these micro cells are not available to ANYONE. I called again yesterday to confirm this and and real T-Mobile employee informed me of this. This is an unofficial T-Mobile news blog and cam can post about what ever he wants because that’s this website is for, leaks and upcoming devices. Stop pretending to be a T-Mobile employee because I have seen some of your other comments and almost all of them are incorrect.

  • Mike Palomba

    I disagree that T-Mobile won’t give one if they believe you can do with wifi calling. I called about coverage problems in my basement and they didn’t even mention wifi calling just said that they will ship out a device that generates signal from my home internet connection. So its really not hard to get one at all.

    • Mike Palomba

      I am a business customer if that has anything to do with it

    • Cam Bunton

      Are you getting one of these ASUS ones?

      • Mike Palomba

        We declined the offer because it isn’t that important to have signal in the basement so I’m not sure what brand they would’ve sent us

  • zx6guy

    If I’m potentially improving T-Mobile’s coverage for other
    people (that are close enough) shouldn’t they be paying me?

    I want WiFi calling for my Moto X.

    • honestabe

      Are you sure that other people’s phones will be able to connect to this “cellspot”? From my understand, AT&T’s booster (which needs 1 bar of cellular — it doesn’t run off of your home internet) can only boost the signal to a set amount of phone numbers that are added specifically to your device. (neighbors can’t connect to it)

      • zx6guy

        Not familiar with AT&Ts “cellspot” so can’t
        comment there.

        Let me put this another way, how do you keep a phone from connecting to a cell tower? The answer is likely “…within your house…” By limiting the range they’re probably addressing a whole host of issues from the FCC to what I brought up earlier. This seems like an expensive/duplicative/ect solution for a problem that already has a simple answer in WiFi calling.

        With that all said, why isn’t WiFi calling available to Nexus, Moto X, ect? T-Mobile brands themselves as friendly to BYOD but actually punish you if you do in fact bring your own device.

        • honestabe

          I’m sure the engineers are working on making wifi calling available on more phones.

        • zx6guy

          Doubtful. This has been an issue since the nexus line was released.

        • STFUalready

          You must not understand what BYOD means. In other words, you are punishing yourself by using a device that lacks the feature set you desire – wifi calling. Are you also going to blame T-Mobile because you don’t have imessenger capabilities on the Nexus, Moto X… okay you get my point…

        • zx6guy

          Actually you have no points. WiFi calling could be made available as an app activated via imei/phone number.

        • STFUalready

          Okay stupid, you’re the only guy that understands that and no one at T-Mobile’s R&D realized that…. Buahahaha damn you are dumb!

        • zx6guy

          Or maybe failed the cost benefit analysis but that doesn’t mean customers can’t request it. Now back under your rock troll!

        • STFUalready

          One thing is to request, another is to idiotically claim T-Mobile is punishing customers that bring their own device. That’s just dumb. I guess the wifi feature failed your personal cost / benefit analysis dummy. You went with the device anyway knowing well that it did not have T-Mobile’s specific wifi calling capabilities… If you didn’t really need it, you expect T-Mobile to provide it anyway? You see how stupid your own argument sounds now?

        • T-Mobile Cares

          BYOD means Bring your own device. It in no way guarantees that all functions and features will work on our network. Specifically Wi-Fi Calling and your Mobile Hotspot. The reason the Nexus (Google) and Moto X (Motorola) devices do not support Wi-Fi Calling is very simple. Each carrier device capabilities is determined by that carrier. If the functionality is not built-in to a device, that feature is just not available, for any carrier. T-Mobile devices have a chipset that allows Wi-Fi Calling on their networks, while, in the case of Google, they decided to not incorporate this in their devices. AT&T had made this same decision. We have no problem with making Wi-Fi Calling available to everyone who had a phone, but unfortunately other carriers don’t feel the same as we do. If you feel this is unjust, please contact the device manufacturer for further assistance. We would welcome your device on our Wi-Fi network.

        • Alex Zapata

          Incorrect. There is no special chipset that enables WiFi calling on TMO these days, it’s all software-based. It’s actually possible, by rooting and flashing TMO ROM/firmware to have access to WiFi calling on an unlocked device (assuming the hardware is identical or very similar). Works really well on Samsung devices.

        • zx6guy

          Thanks for this comment.

        • STFUalready

          Too bad you’re not bright enough to root and flash such ROM to add wifi calling to your own device @zx6guy… Even more proof why your original criticism was stupid to begin with. You should stick to buying devices that are TMo branded and have all the feature you pretend to need instead of blaming others for “punishing” you LOL
          As for @Señor Zapata, that poster is not incorrect. That is definitely one implementation of wifi calling TMO has successfully utilized. So check yourself before incorrectly stating an incorrect comment. Otherwise most of what you said sounds reasonably knowledgable.

        • zx6guy

          Too bad you can’t do your research because you’d see that tmobile branded devices are not nessassary to get wifi calling @STFUalready

          http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/02/ios-8-tmobile-wifi-calling/

          No back under your rock troll!

        • @STFUalready

          @zx6guy:disqus Huh? You make little sense. ” tmobile branded devices are not nessassary to get wifi calling”

          Edit: (it actually took me several readings of your post to realize the English is not strong with you)

          Anyway, you then you link to a webpage about a phone that isn’t currently available? Are you really this stupid? You want me to consider devices that are from the future and not currently available? Yeah that make sense dummy… damn you are mental….

          If that’s the case. Don’t worry, in the future all phones will be wifi capable. So don’t complain now, just sit tight until then…. #dumbasarock #backtothefuture #cantwrite4shite

        • zx6guy

          Damn you Macrumors spreading your falsehoods for months! If only current unbranded Apple devices could get WiFi calling via a software update I could have beaten this troll.

          http://www.cnet.com/news/t-mobile-makes-big-wi-fi-push-on-heels-of-iphone-6s-wi-fi-calling/#ftag=YHF65cbda0

          #thefutureisnow

          I’d check my spelling and grammar before tossing troll shit (see
          what I did there).

          Your turn ;) xoxo

        • WFC Expert

          WFC is a very specific protocol within the GSM standards, otherwise known as UMA. Any GSM carrier can implement it or not, in North America only TMO, Cincinnati Bell, and Rogers in Canada have done this.

          Many people over many years think this is some kind of an app or add on. Not at all. The earliest UMA phones were carrier specific and the capability was in the hardware. Along the way, Android used a software UMA starting with Froyo 2.2.2. The SW versions are way inferior to the old hardware versions, they require stronger signals and they do not hand off to cellular or vice versa.

          Republic Wireless has used the same technology to have “UMA” on Sprint’s CDMA network.

          So, your Nexus, your Moto, your Ball Scratcher will never have WFC unless it’s part of the TMO line up.

        • T-Mobile Cares

          Thank you for asking the question. The reason the Nexus (Google) and Moto X (Motorola) devices do not support Wi-Fi Calling is very simple. Each carrier device capabilities is determined by that carrier. If the functionality is not built-in to a device, that feature is just not available, for any carrier. T-Mobile devices have a chipset that allows Wi-Fi Calling on their networks, while, in the case of Google, they decided to not incorporate this in their devices. AT&T had made this same decision. We have no problem with making Wi-Fi Calling available to everyone who had a phone, but unfortunately other carriers don’t feel the same as we do. If you feel this is unjust, please contact the device manufacturer for further assistance. We would welcome your device on our Wi-Fi network

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        These types of lil towers that use the internet are known to block signal of other non approved phones in the vicinity. If that feature was enabled. Since I have some signal outside but not in the cel fi is good for me.

      • enkay1

        AT&T’s microcell does not need existing signal. It functions off home internet.

    • Chad D

      I have the signal booster from TMO, it barely boosts it within my entire house. I doubt anyone else is using it.

      • zx6guy

        That sucks. Is WiFi calling not an option?

        • Chad D

          No, I have a nexus 5. It’s not that big of a deal, I survive with the booster and a magic jack. I was just raising the point that you don’t have to worry about anyone stealing your boosted signal.

  • huh?

    Why would anyone care if it does LTE (or even 3G) if it’s got wifi and connected to broadband?

    • CPPCrispy

      I think this is more for those with phones that don’t support wifi calling. You would not use this for a data connection but it would act as a tower for voice calls and use your wired internet connection as a back haul.

      • huh?

        That was my point.

        I was referring to this –

        “A very big deal for customers in 2G/EDGE-only areas. Typically these
        microcells/femtocells are 3G/HSPA only, which means we almost certainly
        won’t see an LTE model.”

        If you’ve got wifi for data (and no wifi calling/UMA capability on your phone), all you need is 2G for calls/texts.

        • huh?

          In fact, you’d be better off if it was limited to 2G. I’m guessing that with a mobile network connection there’s no way to limit access to your family’s phones, so people wandering by could suck up all your internet bandwidth using LTE. You can control data access in multiple ways over wifi (e.g. WPA passphrase), and call access over 2G is low data usage.

        • kenneth arnold

          On sprints version you had to go to a website and specify numbers that could use it

        • Tyler Riddle

          HD voice needs a 4g connection. With this unit, you’d be able to
          Make hd voice calls in 2G locations

        • JayQ330

          IMO they should get these cell boosters for free & get a discount of their bill, it benefits T-Mobile mostly especially when the customer is fitting the backhaul & bill. These cell boosters would emit 700 MHz A, AWS LTE & 3G HSPA+, hundreds of feet away & maybe much more than that. Anyone else would be able to use the signal, it’s not password protected so IMO it should be a free item & a discount every month… What do you think.

  • matt

    I just spoke with tech support and he confirmed that new signal boosters are coming this month

    • BillSmitty

      Interesting. I spoke to a rep last week and she said the signal booster wouldn’t be out until fall…which I took as Oct at the earliest. I’ll have to call back as service at my house stinks.

  • Guest

    PASSWORD: SPEAKEASY?

  • Mez

    i don’t get it. if this uses the wifi to make a 3g signal, why not just use wifi calling already available on the phone? why does someone need this device?

    • enkay1

      Because not all devices have WiFi calling. WiFi calling needs to be specially implemented deep in the OS by T-Mobile and the phone manufacturer. It’s not as simple as just installing it as an app.

      This device will work with any phone that is compatible with T-Mobile 3G since it is essentially a “tiny cell tower”.

      • JayQ330

        Most T-Mobile phone, most phone’s in the US are using snapdragon 600 & up gpu’s that are capable of WiFi calling (even Sprint has this & soon the big 2 will also except they’ll charge you an extra $10), also most T-Mobile phone’s are have WiFi calling software installed. So it really would benefit the people that but unlocked phones, T-Mobile phones are mostly WiFi VoIP & text ready.

      • nycplayboy78

        Ummm you can simply root your phone to give it Wifi-Calling capabilities….

        • KRuth22

          No you can’t. You are wildly uninformed. WiFi calling that also receives calls is not possible with phones not purchased by tmobile.

    • JayQ330

      Exactly what I said, the benignity is really in T-Mobile’s side. Anyone that walks across that signal would be able to use your bandwidth (since it’s connected to your internet line), with enough of these LTE boosters T-Mobile’s signal can give a decent signal boost in an area.

  • Binny Gupta

    Band 12?

    • JayQ330

      Band 12 will be ready to use in most 2015 phones, Sprint has roaming agreements with about 24 rural carriers to roam on their 700 MHz lte, in return Sprint will activate 700 MHz lte on their network, T-Mobile Will hopefully do this with the smaller carriers to instead of roaming with at&t only. The smaller carriers IMO are a better deal because these rural carriers don’t have users that leave their vicinities, since they weren’t to roam until recently. It’d be a good way for no.3&4 to stick it to the big 2.

      • Mike Palomba

        Sprint doesn’t have 700mhz…

        • Derek Mounce

          I think what Jay meant is that Sprint will put 700Mhz support on their phones because I have heard that but have not heard a thing about the 700mhz on their network

        • JayQ330

          No they don’t, the smaller carriers are allowing Sprint to their class 12 band, in return to have roaming access their 700 MHz on sprints network. This will the smaller carriers to have more coverage & maybe even grow outside of their state, both benefit from this. In a review that I read a sprint official stated that most class 12 bands will released after the year.

    • AnthonyRyan89

      No its an older cell-fi

  • AnthonyRyan89

    I currently have a signal booster, and I’ve switched phones about 3 times since I’ve had it. I need a newer one I’m still getting crap 1 bar or 2 bars I’m my house.

  • JayQ330

    What’s the point of having to pay a cell phone bill, internet connection + having to buy an lte booster that runs of of your internet connection? Do you have to pay for the booster because if you do it’s ridiculous to have a phone where you don’t have service & then have to buy an lte booster? It should be free for anyone that has no service around their home. Why not just use your WiFi router for VoIP calls, text & WiFi data? It’s the same thing isn’t it, except that anyone that vastness your signal can use your bandwidth since it’s lte frequencies coming out from a “private” nano cell… If you could call it that, except that anyone can use it.

  • Guest

    I just leaked some images on the router if you guys care to see :)

    twitter dot com / merikcastro / status / 508412573348151296

  • David Lebron

    I’m guessing this is best for unlocked phones and/or phones without wifi calling. There’s pros and cons but I can see how it could be useful….though I still think wifi calling is a better option, if available.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    I would rather use groove ip or go with republic wireless if I need to have wifi to make calls. Luckily I live and work in San Jose/Santa Clara and coverage is real good except in few places. No signal is limited to basements.

  • mingkee

    Fortunately, Asus makes some decent routers.
    My N56U is still strong after 3 years of use.

  • tmorep

    this kind of signal boosters that need to be plugged in to a broadband connection are only for business accounts. personal accounts will use the cel-fi boosters. sorry to give you the bad news gang

    • Michael

      Not necessarily. These are not the same WiFi boosters we used to offer business accounts. Those were small cell branded. I

    • ChitChatCat

      Also, “personal” in the name seems to indicate otherwise….

  • Jose M Gonzalez

    i hadn’t heard of this maybe i can get one. my signal at home is sometimes non exsistent at best i get 1 bar or less. in my living room on the couch where i sit to watch tv i sometimes check my phone only to find that the phone isn’t even on the network. no idea how this happens since albuquerque has decent lte. anybody care to direct me as to where i go to see about qualifying? or should i just visit a local store and what do i tell them?

    • Rinay

      This is why I use phone with WiFi calling at my work. At home signal is awesome and get 65mbps down on LTE

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    model number of the cellsopt is TM-AC1900. It is a rebranded RT-AC68U :)
    Yay, Google!

    high-rez pics can be found at http://fccid.net/document.php?id=2344520

  • Lavender

    I wouldn’t mind transmitting a LTE signal from my home for my personal use and possibly for next door neighbors. I think it creates a stronger network by eliminating dead spots without having to build a tower to cover one small spot. Send me one

    • Rinay

      That would be awesome but i think this is per account basis.

  • peharri

    Are you sure the Cellspot produces a 3G signal? I’m reading the press release and it says it’s only available to people with phones that have Wi-fi calling. But if they have Wi-fi calling, they’re not going to need a 3G femtocell. So what gives?

    Linky: http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-launches-un-carrier-7.htm

    “Starting September 17th, every Simple Choice customer with a
    broadband connection and a Wi-Fi-calling ready smartphone can get a
    T-Mobile Personal CellSpot completely free of charge with a $25 refundable deposit. The only thing left to do is decide where you want your personal full-bars T-Mobile experience.”

  • John

    It is free to postpaid customers with a $25 refundable deposit. Or, available to prepaid customers at $99.99. Reminds me of using a T-Mobile branded router years ago when they offered UMA.

  • John

    My one question is will this solve the problem of visual voice-mail not working when you are on a WI-FI network.

  • Rick Johnson

    Yep, time to update the article. This does NOT broadcast a 3G/LTE signal, but rather, provides WiFi with some QoS magic baked in to prioritize the WiFi Calling/Texting tunnel destined to T-Mobile’s network. You can use it instead of your existing broadband router, or behind it (though I imagine, some of the benefits would go away in that scenario).

  • PHL

    This is perfect. I need a new router anyway to replace my 6-year old Pre-N model.

  • peharri

    Curious to know why my comment explaining that the above is almost certainly not a Femtocell was deleted.

    • Nearmsp

      UK standards of free speech now apply.