What if you could pick 5 phone numbers anywhere in the United States (cellular regardless of carrier, land line, etc.) and make and receive calls to and from those lines for a flat monthly rate? That’s the value proposition of T-Mobile’s “5” service. Of course, there’s a little bit more to it as you are required to have a “5–compatible” phone in order to make the service work because the 5 people/numbers that you pick are constantly displayed on what would otherwise be the blank homescreen of your phone. It is important to note that the service currently only supports unlimited voice communications between your 5 and does not include text messaging, picture messaging, or video messaging. Currently 5 is being tested in San Diego and Portland.
Oh, and check out Shawn Conahan’s take on the whole 5 service and what it should/could become — quite an interesting read.