The T-mobile Personal Cellspot that was announced last month is finally coming available. Starting September 24, you’ll be able to pick one up in store, or order online, and pay only a $25 deposit. But(!) if you call T-mobile technical support they will process your order now and waive the $25 deposit.
It’s worth noting that you don’t own the Cellspot, you’re borrowing it while you have T-mobile service. If you cancel service you have to return the router in resalable condition otherwise you may be billed up to $150 (ouch). But take good care of it and you have a free to use blazing fast quality router on your hands.
The Cellspot was announced during T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 7 event, it connects to your existing home network, replacing your router with a custom Asus model that prioritises T-mobile’s voice-over-wifi service. Even though T-mobile advertised it as adding millions of towers to their network, only you can use the Cellspot in your house. Other T-mobile customers won’t be able to come along and use your bandwidth, in case you were worried. What do you think of T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 7 and these free ASUS T-mobile optimized routers? Are you going to order one of these hotspots? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
UPDATE: Reader Kahil Nettleton shared some news with us via Google+ that may affect Nexus 5 users, you may want to ask T-mobile when you call them. Source: Google+
I almost got one, but I made sure to ask if it will work with the Nexus 5 I got directly from Google. It will only work with devices bought from T-Mobile. They tried to tell me that my Nexus from Google isn’t compatible with VOIP….while I was talking to them on my Nexus using VOIP with Hangouts…lol.
So people should be aware of this before getting it so they won’t be disappointed when it doesn’t work.
Keep in mind that that was what was told to me by one customer service rep. But it syncs up to what they told me in the past about their VoIP calling feature….only compatible with phones bought from them. The part about the Nexus 5 being incompatible with VoIP was new. It is also both true and false. True in that the settings on it aren’t preconfigured to use T-Mobile’s VoIP, but false on saying that it isn’t compatible at all with VoIP. Chalking that up to a poorly educated call center rep.