That much is true. Try using a 5GHz wifi access point near a running microwave oven, fun times. That said, modern hardware is capable of detecting traffic on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and the multiple channels of each, and switching between them to minimize interference. Check out inSSIDer, it's a neat tool to visualize your local wifi traffic and pick the best configuration.
And again, the fact that wifi is inherently less bulletproof than cellular is a problem that everyone faces, not specific to a single carrier. The point is that none of the other carriers are taking steps to resolve that problem.
My point, which you conveniently insist on ignoring, is that despite the fact that customers are welcome to walk away at any time, they have instead been coming TO TMUS in increasingly large numbers. August marked the largest gain in post-paid customers for TMUS ever. Not this year, not this quarter; largest ever. Your argument is like saying "customers could punch themselves in the face at any time." Sure, but the smart ones aren't likely to do that, now are they? And most of them don't.
I feel bad for Son, he's pouring water into a toilet with the drain open. You can't make a return on investment by dumping money into a company that's losing customers. And you can't make profits by participating in a price war while losing customers, you're only making less money from the few that remain. I can just see the Sprint holiday ads now: "That's right folks, we're the last place carrier now, but we swear our service is better than ever." Good luck repairing a damaged reputation and recovering customers while THAT story is all over the news. Claure is getting a lump of coal for xmas.
No. Not just "no", but I'd place the odds at a roughly zero percent chance, for the same reason they stopped pursuing it in the first place: the government won't allow it, at least not with the current administration. That said, I'd be surprised if Son doesn't use some of that money to further improve Sprint's network, either manually or through some other acquisition.
Someone actually upvoted this? It's SPAM. TMUS isn't a penny stock and it isn't covered on that site.
You know who else can't get reliable wifi calling on a low quality public hotspot? EVERYONE. That's like buying a sport car that's great on the track and then complaining that it doesn't handle well on a dirt road.
"Customers is about all TMUS has to offer". Right, and customers are what generates revenue, but Sprint isn't concerned with that so it shouldn't be a big deal.
You've been spouting off about how TMUS customers can just walk out for months now, but that hasn't been the case. In fact as of August, porting ratios were 2:1 coming from Verizon to TMUS, and 4:1 coming from Sprint to TMUS. It's time to retire that argument.
If cost is the best indicator of quality, you should tell her to get a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus on Verizon. It's $499 on-contract, so you know it has to be good. /s
That $10 plan offers ZERO DATA AT ANY SPEED unless you're on wifi. And "unlimited data on wifi"? Really? Damn, there must be some extremely gullible people out there. Any device that exists that has a wifi radio gets unlimited data on wifi. That $25 plan offers unlimited* data over 3G- the asterisk is there because they'll reduce the speed even further after your first 100MB (not GB) of data use. Oh, and there's the same restriction on the $40 plan that offers 4G. Let's hope you didn't want to consume any media with that data. And adding insult to injury, you're restricted to Sprint's voice network. No Sprint, no service (no roaming).
This makes you wonder why anyone would pay for this service at all. You could take any device with wifi and make free calls (even to other phones) with something like Google Voice, for $0/month. Which brings us to TMUS. For a one-time fully refundable $25 deposit they'll give you the fastest possible wireless router to ensure the feature works well, and then charge you $0/month to use it. Even in a price war, it's hard to compete with free.
He's just a bitter Sprint investor. I would be too, if I put money into a company that then lost 50% of its value.
That's great for AT&T. What TMUS announced is NOT A MINI CELL, and it is NOT A HOTSPOT. It's just a plain old wireless router, that's faster than what most people currently have. End of story.
Clearly you don't understand what this is or how it works. It isn't intended to address issues on a "dark country road", and it is not a mobile hot spot device.
The "Personal Cellspot" is an ASUS-manufactured 802.11ac wireless router that you connect to your existing router, or directly to your modem. It comes pre-configured with Quality of Service (QoS) set to prioritize phone calls. That's the exact opposite of the block you described. And if the bandwidth required for a voice call slows down the rest of your connections, you might want to consider upgrading your DSL equipment from 1995.
On a related note, you don't even have to use TMUS's Cellspot to use wifi calling at home. You could just as easily go out and pick up a wireless-ac router of your own and configure the QoS settings to prioritize the cellphones in your house, using the MAC addresses to identify them.
If you try making a wifi call over the #$%$ wifi at the local Starbucks it may not work well, but that's not related to T-Mobile's devices or services in any way.
All TMUS plans include unlimited talk minutes, texting, and data, so this won't do anything for fees associated with those because there aren't any. They did say that wifi calling would allow free calls from outside of the US to the US, so you might be able to avoid some fees that way.
Yes, all of the other carriers can add this functionality, but the handoff from a standard cell call to a wifi call requires VoLTE, which only TMUS has nationwide at the moment.
The real benefit is the ability to make a phone call anywhere you have reliable wifi access- that opens up a lot of possibilities for people who work in large office buildings, or underground, or live outside of a coverage area, etc.
It's actually a fairly clever way of ensuring that the feature works well when you're at home. The "personal cellspot" is an ASUS 802.11ac wireless router, not just an extender, with QoS (quality of service) settings configured to prioritize phone calls. You can connect it to your existing router or replace that with this. The idea is that for a deposit of $25 you can get a piece of hardware that'd normally cost around $100, and the wireless-ac spec all but guarantees you'll have plenty of bandwidth for the "HD voice calls" (at least back to your modem). Wireless-ac is the real reason they're requiring "new" devices for the feature- wifi calling has been around for a long time, but the most recent wifi spec should be able to provide a reliable experience.
That's a given- you have to have access to a wifi network to use it. I think at this stage it's meant more to resolve issues for people who can't get a signal at home or at work, not so much for random places in public.
They're going to push device upgrades pretty hard, since only "newer" phones support it. And it's going to eliminate one of their biggest network issues; lack of low band spectrum for signal penetration into buildings.
Pepper is cool, but a watch is easier to take up/down stairs or outside the house. And you can bet if it (robot) sells decently well they're going to release upgrades/new models fairly regularly. I'm curious to see what kind of "domestic robots" the competitors come up with- I'd bet Google could lean on Boston Dynamics to come up with something nifty and/or terrifying... and it'd already know everything about you. ;)