If you have terrible cellphone connections at home or work, you're not alone. Providers sometimes just can't keep up with enough cellphone towers to make sure you're always connected.
That's frustrating, but it's doubly frustrating if you have a smartphone with 3G or 4G LTE connection. Simply, those are some of the most advanced connections so you can talk, text and access the Web with data speeds comparable to your home Internet connection.
You might be paying a hefty sum for that, so bad connections can be infuriating. T-Mobile is doing something to make your life a whole lot less frustrating, and practically for free.
While it works on improving its coverage by building more cellphone towers, it's also essentially bringing those LTE connections right into your home. T-Mobile has announced that it's developing a 4G LTE CellSpot device that will bring those signals right into your home or business via your Ethernet connection.
T-Mobile's 4G LTE CellSpot will work just like a cellphone tower, but it's a small device that you plug into a wall outlet, and your Internet. It's about the size of a wireless router at 8.5 inches by 1.3 inches. (See photo.)
The CellSpot will provide up to 3,000 square feet of LTE coverage. It'll work with even some advanced functions like video calling and other services.
It can be used by up to 16 simultaneous voice/data sessions. Note: For now, T-Mobile's 4G LTE CellSpot will be limited to certain addresses. It has a GPS inside to find where you're located.
You have to be a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer. Simple Choice is a basic T-Mobile unlimited talk/text/data plan. It will work with any 3G, 4G or LTE device on the T-Mobile network.
T-Mobile hasn't said yet how it will keep your 4G LTE connection safe from T-Mobile customers passing by your signal. Keep reading Happening Now for updates on the T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot.
The CellSpot will be free, more or less. You'll pay a refundable $25 deposit to get started.