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GSMA wants to set up cell-to-WiFi roaming standards

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GSMA wants to set up cell-to-WiFi roaming standards
It has been a while since we'd heard much from the GSM Association (GSMA), which is an association that represents almost 800 mobile carriers in more than 220 countries around the world. Now, the GSMA has said it is working on creating standards for cell-to-WiFi roaming. 

The GSMA has said that it is working with the Wireless Broadband Alliance to make it easier for mobile users to jump onto wireless hotspots and still have full cell service. This plan from the GSMA would possibly adding access to 3rd party hotspots as part of your carrier plan. The main idea is that mobile devices could have an easier way to connect to WiFi hotspots without using the traditional login credentials. So, the GSMA and WBA are proposing using SIM authentication to allow mobile users to automatically connect to WiFi hotspots without any manual authentication. 

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this would lead to any cheaper access when roaming, or if it would lead to more widespread adoption of UMA. Still, it would be nice to have an easy to implement WiFi roaming solution. 

source: GSMA via The Verge

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posted on 20 Mar 2012, 23:59

1. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


steve jobs has to be rolling in his grave right about now!remember the comment he made about cellphones being able to run on only wi-fi only to bypass all the carriers

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 11:22

2. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


So ... should I pay less to my carrier now because my calls are no longer on "their" network?

On the flip side ... is my internet provider going to be charging me more now because of all of this "off loading" voice traffic that it has to now handle.

And ... when my call gets dropped ... who do I blame for compensation ... the carrier (Oh, sorry, you were not on "our" network at the time ... please call company X") ... the internet provider (Oh, sorry, we are not your carrier ... please call your carrier") ... ???

I think this all seems pretty lame. Off loading to WiFi is not the answer in my books. The carriers need to beef up their networks accordingly.

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