T-Mobile introduces 4G LTE CellSpot to fill customers’ dead spots
It’s a known fact that all networks have their dead spots. T-Mobile CEO readily admits that, but only after preceding that claim by announcing that his network has expanded coverage to the extent that the AT&T and Verizon are at right now. And while Un-carrier X is just days away, it seems that Big Magenta got a bit too restless.
It decided to pull an #UncarrierAmped move on its 7.0 proclamation, delivering Wi-Fi hotspots to its customers. Now, T-Mobile’s (almost) giving away “CellSpots” that takes outlet power and a broadband internet connection, converts it to band-2 UMTS and band-4 LTE signals and broadcasts it across an area roughly 3,000 square feet wide.
Legere is claiming the CellSpot as a “mini-tower—and it’s a huge feat of engineering.” It can take up to 16 simultaneous voice calls with VoLTE, video calling, HD Voice and other typical T-Mobile features also passing through.
The unit is 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches, which is a slight bit bulkier than your typical Wi-Fi router.
T-Mobile is allowing one CellSpot per business or home location for its Simple Choice subscribers. There’s a $25 refundable deposit involved as well as non-return and damages fees, if applicable. Other than that, it’s free to use.
It’s in stores and available through Customer Care starting November 4.