T-Mobile USA is testing dual-mode service

T-Mobile USA starts a non-secret secret project in the state of Oregon. Right now, the mobile operator is looking for beta testers. The new service is called T-Mobile-at-Home, in which participants would make phone calls with their mobile at home for a flat rate.

UMA? Unlicensed Mobile Access? Dual-mode mobile phone? Yep, seems like it is. T-Mobile testing households will receive a router that broadcasts GSM and does VoIP through broadband connection.

BusinessWeek adds that “if this trial is successful and is followed by a full-blown rollout, it could open the floodgates on landline-to-wireless migration.”

That’s right, “If the trial is successful,” because as we already reported on it, British Telecoms has been touting the same kind of system (called BT Fusion) and didn’t attract much attention from its customers. Some sources say it’s because of the small set of available dual-mode cellphones. And T-Mobile should not provide a bigger catalog.

Aug 15, 2006 | By Nuno

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