T-Mobile to test Wi-Fi roaming with Bright House Networks2015-08-10 10:46 by Daniela
Tags: T-Mobile, Wi-Fi, Passpoint
In collaboration with Bright House Networks, T-Mobile has started a Passpoint-powered WiFi roaming trial by using 34,000 hotspots that the cable operator has deployed in Tampa and Orlando.
T-Mobile has already introduced trials of its Preferred Wi-Fi Network service to 50,000 customers in those areas. Those customers have received a text message asking them to opt into the trial. After confirming their participation, they have been auto-connected to Bright House's WiFi network by using Passpoint on their phones.
"When Wi-Fi is turned on you will be automatically connected to Wi-Fi HotSpots throughout the city provided by Bright House Networks," explains.
Passpoint, also called Hotspot 2.0, is a new standard from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) that essentially smooths the login process for Wi-Fi users. Instead of having to log in to each new Wi-Fi access point, the Passpoint standard allows users to automatically connect to any Passpoint hotspot as certified by their provider.
It's important to note that only Passpoint-certified phones can be used for the service. Elegible phones are: iPhone 5, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus; HTC's Desire, One M8 and One M9; LG's G3, Leon LTE, G Stylo, and G4; Samsung's Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, Note 4, and Note 4 Edge; and Sony's Xperia Z3 or Z1s.
Voice-over-LTE support isn't required but is "strongly recommended for the best experience." VoLTE is encouraged because it "will improve your experience by enabling call handovers between Wi-Fi and VoLTE network when on the move," explains the trial FAQ.
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