I took a serious double take when I read this little bit of news on Engadget mobile a few days back. I did not realize the full ramifications of the article until later. I know many users who wanted T-Mobile [email protected] were annoyed when the price went up from $9.99 a month to $19.99 a month for new subscribers. Well it seems like T-Mobile has decided to up the ante further with some serious changes in the future by entering the VOIP market full force.
The new service will be called [email protected] Talk Forever and is being trialled in Seattle and Dallas this month. Their big selling point is that they will be cheaper than Vonage.
You will have to use a completely new VOIP and the old Linksys [email protected] routers will not work with this service. You can port your number and have all of the regular features of a T-Mobile cellphone such as voicemail, callertunes, caller ID, and others. All of this is included in your one monthly bill from T-Mobile.
These new routers will have two landline jacks and 2 SIM card slots so you can have up to two different landline numbers through VOIP. I still can’t understand the reason for the SIM cards if it is VOIP service but maybe they are using UMA which might require them? The details continue on and on and managed to completely confuse me. This may be something T-Mobile users would want to keep an eye on.