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Old 04-22-2008, 06:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am considering upgrading from my 8100 to a couple of 8120's for my wife and I. What I am really interested in is how the Hotspot at Home works with these phones. How is the battery life, call transfer from wifi to cell towers, etc...
Does anyone have experience with this feature?
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Hello, I am considering upgrading from my 8100 to a couple of 8120's for my wife and I. What I am really interested in is how the Hotspot at Home works with these phones. How is the battery life, call transfer from wifi to cell towers, etc...
Does anyone have experience with this feature?
WiFi works great; I have no coverage within about 1/4 mile of where I live so its this or nothing for me. Hand-offs are good with the newest 4.2.2 firmware; there were some problems with the older ones.

Battery life is also good. I disable my mobile / cell network connection when I'm at home as it'll never pick up that signal anyway.
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Thanks for the info; if you disable your cell connection can you still receive emails?
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Thanks for the info; if you disable your cell connection can you still receive emails?
Yes, email comes over the WiFi. The wireless acts as a pseudo cell tower in your house.
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Will the WiFi work for data only without this plan?
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you do not need to subscribe to Hotspot@home to take advantage of this service. subscribing to Hotspot@home will give you unlimited talk time when talking over a wifi network. For non subscribers, the minutes used will be taken out of your anytime minutes. you will have data going through wifi, but i highly suggest you get the unlimited blackberry add on as well because some features and sites will only work with the blackberry data...even on wifi.
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Email will only work with the unlimited Blackberry add-on, even with wifi. You need the BB data plan but not the Talk Forever (H@H plan.)
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I set this up last night. Works like a champ. UMA connection is great. No more patchy service in my house. Even the basement sounds clear!

FYI if you need a wireless router the Tmob stores have them for free (after mail in rebate).
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Thanks, I have a few months left on my 8100 contract and was wondering if the upgrade would be worth it.
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