T-Mobile Offers $10 Plan to Home Users

By Naomi Graychase

June 25, 2008

Starting next week, T-Mobile USA customers can subscribe to a full-featured IP-based home phone plan using their existing home phone and number for a flat fee of $10 per month.

T-Mobile USA today announced that starting next week, customers who subscribe to single-line mobile plans of $39.99/month (or higher) or FamilyTime mobile plans of $49.99 (or higher) can also subscribe to a home phone plan for a flat fee of $10.

The home service employs any regular Touch-Tone corded or cordless phone to access IP-based phone services via the user’s T-Mobile @Home HiPort Wireless Router (from Linksys) with Home Phone Connection ($49.99 with a two-year service agreement). A broadband Internet connection is also required.

The $10 calling plan offers features users expect from their traditional long-distance carrier—unlimited long-distance, call waiting, caller ID, three-way conferencing, voicemail, call forwarding—as well as some that they have come to expect from their wireless operator, such as a ringback feature (in T-Mobile’s case, “CallerTunes”).

For individuals or families wishing to ditch their land line and join the program, T-Mobile will port existing home phone numbers to the new service.

According to T-Mobile, the new service was wildly successful in test cities Dallas and Seattle where 97 percent of those who tried the service dropped their existing landlines to come aboard T-Mobile @Home.

To promote the service in other major markets, T-Mobile is hosting two big marketing events in early July. The “Ultimate Home Giveaway,” in which the grand prizes are two new homes, begins July 7th. Smaller prizes include one month of the winner’s mortgage or rent, and a $100 T-Mobile gift card. Contestants can enter online.

On July 2nd in New York, Chicago, and Denver, T-Mobile will host ‘FreedomFest’ with free food, games, music, and prizes. The grand prize in each city will be one year of free rent or mortgage payments. 15 military families in each city will also win one month of paid mortgage or rent. More information about the service and the promotions is available at www.tmobileathome.com.

For more about VoIP visit our VoIP section or our sister publication, VoIPPlanet.

For more on T-Mobile, read "T-Mobile First US Carrier to Launch Dual-Mode Phone Service," "T-Mobile Wi-Fi/Cell Phones Go Nationwide," and "Wi-FiPlanet Gift Guide, Class of 2008."

Naomi Graychase is Managing Editor at Wi-FiPlanet.

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