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Tip: T-Mobile will allow postpaid customers to get a free Cellspot WiFi router, regardless of phone

T-Mobile Wifi Unleased

In case you missed T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 7.0 announcement a few weeks ago, here’s what it boils down to: Starting last week, every Simple Choice postpaid customer with a broadband connection and a WiFi calling smartphone can get a free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot, with only a $25 refundable deposit. Unlike microcells like Sprint’s Airave device, this is actually an ASUS-made router that delivers 801.11 AC WiFi speeds comparable to a $200 router at retail. (It’s basically a T-Mobile branded ASUS RT-68U.)

Because it’s not actually broadcasting a 3G or 4G signal, but is instead just a WiFi router that is optimized to give preference to WiFi calling traffic, T-Mobile initially said that you have to have a WiFi calling capable device. That pretty much leaves out everyone with a Google Nexus, a Moto X, or an unbranded/unlocked Android device.

However, some people were reporting that they were able to get one, regardless of the phone that they have on their account. I decided to test this out myself, and yes – even though I’m on a family plan with a Nexus 4 and a Nexus 5, I was never asked about my phones or given any hassle. The guy in tech support with whom I spoke actually seemed really eager to get me the CellSpot. And since I ordered before September 24, my deposit was even waived.

So don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and try your luck. It worked for me, and it’s worked for a lot of other people, too.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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