T-Mobile’s Trial Balloon — This is a poorly reported story since nothing is ever explained technically. This is typical of the new journalists who don’t know what questions to ask. And where is a picture of this so-called router? Furthermore when you read the story the service is sold for $5 a month? No mention is made of the obvious. It’s $5 on top whatever your cell bill is already. Anyway, this test is on Oregon, perhaps a reader actually has some details about this idea.
Why is this T-Mobile-At-Home service such a big deal? If this trial is successful and is followed by a full-blown rollout, it could open the floodgates on landline-to-wireless migration.
While today some 7% of Americans use their mobile as their primary phone, that number should climb to 40% within 10 years, figures Craig Mathias, president of wireless consultancy Farpoint Group. After all, if you can make calls from your mobile phone for, say, $5 a month—the amount T-Mobile is rumored to be charging during the at-home trial—why would you pay some $30 for a landline?