The Ultimate HotSpot@Home Quiz

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Why do most people keep a landline at home when they have a cell phone?

Many people get poor reception on their cell phone at home. If your home was constructed with concrete or aluminum siding, it's difficult for a cell phone signal to penetrate the walls.

Which United States company that provides wireless communication solutions introduced a service called HotSpot@Home in 2007?

T-Mobile USA is a national provider of wireless voice, messaging, and data services. In June, 2007, they introduced a new service, called HotSpot@Home, that improves indoor cell-phone reception.

How does HotSpot@Home improve cell phone reception at home?

HotSpot@Home allows customers to make and receive cell phone calls over their home wireless Internet networks (WiFi), in addition to the normal cellular network.

Which type of cell phone do you need to use HotSpot@Home?

To use HotSpot@Home, you will need a dual-mode cell phone for cellular and WiFi calling. You will also need a broadband Internet connection, a T-Mobile calling plan and a wireless router that uses the 802.11b or 802.11g standard.

With HotSpot@Home you can talk on your cell phone and _____ files at the same time from your computer.

T-Mobile offers a wireless router that allows you to download even a large file while talking on the phone. The file may take longer to download, but your telephone conversation will not be affected.

What's the first step when setting up the HotSpot@Home service?

To set up the HotSpot@Home service, plug your wireless router into your broadband cable or DSL connection. Plug the router into a power source, turn on your dual-mode cell phone and you're ready to make calls.

How do you know when your cell phone is connected to the home wireless network?

When your cell phone recognizes and hooks up to the home wireless network, it is indicated by a symbol in the top-left corner of the cell phone screen.

How does your dual-mode cell phone differ from a regular cell phone?

Your dual-mode cell phone differs from a regular cell phone, because it contains both a cellular radio and a WiFi radio. It can switch from the outdoor cellular network to the indoor WiFi network during the same phone call.

Can you check e-mail or browse the Internet over a home WiFi network?

You can't access Web-based features such as checking e-mail or browsing the Internet over your home WiFi network. Data transfers to and from your cell phone must be done over the normal cellular network.

Your home WiFi network will "hand off" calls to your cellular network when:

When you move away from the wireless router in your home, the WiFi signal becomes weaker and the WiFi network "hands off" the call to your cellular network. When you move closer to the router, the cellular network hands the call back.

What is the biggest advantage of using HotSpot@Home?

The biggest advantage of HotSpot@Home is its price. If you pay $9.99 extra a month for the HotSpot@Home Add-On, you can make unlimited calls nationwide from your WiFi network, at any time of the day.

Which type of network connection do you need to make calls with your dual-mode phone?

With the HotSpot@Home technology, you can make calls from other networks beside your home network. You can access any available WiFi network or take advantage of more than 8,000 T-Mobile HotSpots across the United States.

What is the name of the WiFi network standard used by dual-mode phones?

Your dual-mode cell phone communicates over your home WiFi networks using a technology standard called UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access). A UMA-enabled phone can hook up to any unlicensed WiFi network such as the 2.4GHz spectrum.

What is the name of the cellular network used by dual-mode phones?

Your dual-mode phone is able to send and receive calls over two separate networks: the Cellular Radio Access Network (RAN) and the Unlicensed Mobile Access Network (UMAN). Your phone automatically picks a network -- cellular or WiFi -- based on its signal strength.

Dual-mode phone sales anticipated a growth rate of _____ percent between 2006 and 2010.

In the international cell phone market, dual-mode phones sales are booming. They anticipated a compound annual growth rate of 198 percent between 2006 and 2010.

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Why do you keep paying for a landline at home when you and everybody in your family owns a cell phone?. Take our quiz and find out how HotSpot@Home works.

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