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Old 02-12-2009, 09:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So if I already have a voip service provider at my house (comcast), if I have an 8900 with a uma plan, do I need to use a t-mobile router? I would assume yes but I'm not interested in using there at home service just looking for better coverage on the cell, if that makes sense. I have a super fast connection now and wonder if i can have 2 routers broadcasting at once, I dont see why not!!!
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No you don't necesssarily need a t-mobile router.
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So why does one ever get a Tmob router if you don't need it for their hotspot at home $9.99/mo plan? I understand that if you have that plan any minutes you use via UMA are free no matter what WiFi connection you use (home, work). So what's the special router for?
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So why does one ever get a Tmob router if you don't need it for their hotspot at home $9.99/mo plan? I understand that if you have that plan any minutes you use via UMA are free no matter what WiFi connection you use (home, work). So what's the special router for?
for those people who don't want to bother with anything and want to purchase something with no setup.
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The special router lets you plug a standard home wired phone into the router... think the way your Comcast voice over IP works. I've seen some reviews state that if you have a T-Mobile router, the device "locks" better when using UMA and doesn't drain as much battery... but I haven't seen an explanation or anything other than some observations.
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I have the T-Mobile router - because it was free when we got the @home service - it is in another area of the house - set phones to connect to either of the wfi routers - better coverage
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So why does one ever get a Tmob router if you don't need it for their hotspot at home $9.99/mo plan? I understand that if you have that plan any minutes you use via UMA are free no matter what WiFi connection you use (home, work). So what's the special router for?
The router has also been tweaked for UMA/Voice packets which is larger then your typical www packets. I am using my own router and sometimes my calls get dropped and my gut feeling is because I did not tweak all the settings for UMA yet.
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