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T-Mobile getting into VoIP service

If you live in Seattle and Dallas, and your a T-Mobile subscriber, T-mobile is looking for you to test a new VoIP service.  That’s right, T-Mobile is getting into the VoIP business.  Unlike Vonage and Lingo, Talk Forever Home Plan (plan needs to be changed to something shorter) works like this

the service requires broadband Internet service and a $50 router with jacks for standard landline phones. You also need a T-Mobile wireless plan costing at least $39.99 per month.

If you sign up, T-Mobile will switch your home phone number to the new service, provide a dialtone and handle all your calls through its network. As part of the signup, it identifies the home address so it can provide 911 location services in emergencies.

Just like the Wi-fi@Home, Talk Forever Home is $10 a month plus the monthly rate of your service.  I don’t see this getting much traction because not too many people will switch phone providers for this feature.  However, I like how T-Mobile is branching away from wireless and starting to innovate wireless and Internet, like the wi-fi phone service.  Plus, $10 a month for unlimited local and nationwide calls might put pressure on VoIP providers like Vonage and Lingo.