Wi-Fi calling included in iOS 8
Sprint's Wi-Fi calling began last February for the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. Support for the feature was added last month to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via an update. T-Mobile has offered Wi-Fi calling since 2011.
The advantage to using Wi-Fi calling is that domestic calls and texts made and received while connected to Wi-Fi, will not count toward your monthly voice minutes or text cap. Starting today, registered developers will have access to iOS 8, and everyone else will be able to install it this fall.
Screenshot from WWDC reveals Wi-Fi calling for iOS 8
1. brokenchains (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
"The advantage to using Wi-Fi calling is that domestic calls and texts made and received while connected to Wi-Fi, will not count toward your monthly voice minutes or text cap."
T-Mobile's Wi-Fi calling still docks your voice minutes. Not sure about messaging or Sprint's implementation.
12. sniper1087 (Posts: 365; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
well t-mobile doesnt offer minutes in the new plans, is all unlimited and in fact a lot of people have unlimited calls, so it doesnt really matter on minutes anymore
25. brokenchains (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
I'm on their kickass $30 unlimited data (5gb throttle) & messaging with 100 minutes. Docks my minutes but I guess I haven't kept op on the newer plans.
14. elitewolverine (Posts: 1541; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
No grandfathered in plan is cheaper than the 40$ plan that is unlimited by tmobile.
18. rallyguy (Posts: 541; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
On Sprint it doesn't count towards your minutes, text, or data. I have been using it on my Note 3 and have had no problems at all.
2. alaw.14 (Posts: 132; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
Theres plenty of apps for that in the playstore. Like textPlus
3. gehrig (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)
Wifi calling? That's what FaceTime Audio is!
5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Wifi calling for voice/text is far more accessible than FaceTime audio. Anyone can reach you, not just someone using an iDevice.
4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
This may be the single best feature of IOS 8 as it enables the iPhone to work in many places that have wifi but bad cellular reception.
Now whether this works for all carriers, that is the real question. Somehow I doubt it.
19. rallyguy (Posts: 541; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
It works great on my Note 3.
While their network has improved, it is still behind in terms of high speed coverage. Also I have known a few people that were on Sprint and had an Airave sent to them free of charge. They switched to Verizon, and still have poor coverage with Verizon doing nothing about it.
6. willard12 (Posts: 775; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
The real advantage is being able to make voice calls in a place with bad coverage but you have a wi-fi connection.
8. eman99 (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)
None of this makes sense its not new material its all been done before nothing new
20. rallyguy (Posts: 541; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
It is for Apple. Maybe in 2016 the iPhone 7 will have NFC. And they will all rave about innovation by Apple.
9. davenycept (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Welcome to 2011 Apple.. though I'm sure they will act like it's something new they created
10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1574; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
It wasn't even mentioned in the keynote. Do you even read?
11. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 914; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
How many phones come with WiFi calling? Go look at the dev threads on XDA to see how important it is to be able to port this to all devices, independent of carrier. I can save you some trouble, though, by telling you that the number of successful ports is exactly zero. You either have a T-Mobile or one of the few Sprint phones, or you don't have it.
16. willard12 (Posts: 775; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
So, does the current iphone on tmobile or sprint have wi-fi calling like the other phones on sprint amd t mobile?
17. darkoman4 (Posts: 41; Member since: 30 May 2014)
Not quite correct. Viper One ROM for HTC One adds T Mobil WiFi calling to any rooted gsm HTC One.
22. rallyguy (Posts: 541; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
True. But it's not an Android limitation. Android can do it, it's a matter of manufactures and carriers allowing it. Google Voice allowed this also.
Even though there have been apps for years that have enabled this function on any Android 2.0 (2010) or newer phone.
13. tatail (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
T-Mobile has offered Wifi-Calling for a long time. Back in the days BlackBerry devices had hardware which rerouted calls through Wifi and was called UMA.
I remember in 2009 I was using my BlackBerry out of the country and make calls and text over WiFi, but never the less it is a great feature that all phones should have.
I don't know if WP has WiFi-Calling other than that, BlackBerry, Android, and now iOS. It is great for customers.
15. mike2959 (Posts: 225; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
Wifi calling is not the same as all those apps in the App Store. There's not one app that uses your phone number. All of those apps assign another number.
24. Leo_MC (Posts: 513; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
I want wifi+data calling.
I have a lot of cheap mobile data, might as well use it for almost unlimited calls for as much as 2-3 dollars/month :).