Sprint and T-Mobile accused by AT&T of offering Wi-Fi calling without a green light from the FCC

Sprint and T-Mobile accused by AT&T of offering Wi-Fi calling without a green light from the FCC
AT&T SVP James Cicconi complained today that Sprint and T-Mobile have started offering Wi-Fi calling without receiving the necessary green-light from the FCC. At the heart of the issue is the TTY (teletypewriter) service used by some with a hearing disability, to type out phone calls. AT&T says that neither Sprint nor T-Mobile received a waiver from the FCC for TTY support. The service does not always work on Wi-Fi.

On the other hand, AT&T developed an alternative to TTY called RTT (real-time text). The carrier says that it filed for a temporary waiver back in June, so that RTT could be cleared as a replacement for TTY by the FCC before the launch of iOS 9 in September. But the FCC has yet to rule on its filing, leaving AT&T a choice. It could decide not to follow the rules like its competitors, or it could hold off on launching Wi-Fi calling. To the chagrin of AT&T subscribers, it chose the latter.

Cicconi believes that the FCC is not being fair on some issues, apparently favoring rival carriers. While T-Mobile or Sprint don't have an official response, The Verge's Chris Ziegler tweeted T-Mobile CEO John Legere for his comment. The executive returned the tweet in typical Legarian fashion. "We didn't launch Wi-Fi," Legere posted. "We unleashed it."

AT&T's Cicconi is requesting that the FCC approve AT&T's request for a waiver immediately.

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source: TheVerge



1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

These US carriers got no chill.

11. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015


12. kajam

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

No it AT&T that has no shame.

14. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Soz tru

15. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

When you can't compete on price try stitching. Maybe your friends at the NSA can help you out on this one At&t

2. KushielAOC

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I wish US carriers would spend more time figuring out how to carry the Sony Z5 and less time with these useless quarrels.

4. TerryTerius unregistered

It's not a question of figuring out how to do it, it's a question of Sony's ability to convince them to sell it. That is assuming Sony even wants to sell the z5 stateside.

3. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Why should at&t care? All tmobile and sprint are doing is killing each other over the same subs.

13. kajam

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

it looks like the offers from the 2 carrier start to show affect on att. and now time to play dirty.

5. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

This is why i'm glad I live in good old England, no gripe between carriers here

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

you got to remember england is smaller if not the same as almost any us state so no need to fight when you can shout from one side of the country to the other, i miss england i do but its a whole other ball game over here.

6. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

So, let's see, AT&T does not care, in fact, goes against FCC when they throttled unlimited data users, but, all of a sudden, they now want FCC's approval? So funny!

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think it's more of a "I'm telling Mom!" thing.

10. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015


16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So what. I love it too. It's crisp and clear. ATT just mad T-Mobile is doing it first.

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Hell ya!! Unleashed it!!! Hahaha for the love of pete.

17. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I never use WiFi calling (or connect my phone to WiFi at all). That's why it's called a CELLULAR phone, hehe.

18. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

I have t-mobile and actually I used it just once... anyway, those US carriers should start following Europe... low prices, great coverage, fast network, no contract... for the no-contract thanks t-mobile... you're the one pushing it and changing the american market... but the rest should be improved

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

you wont find the iPhone or any flagship offered in Europe without a contract for prices of 100-200 bucks. While Tmobile doesn't have contracts, it does have EIP or Jump on Demand.

20. Pbrush

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Improve your service and prices before complaining about someone else

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