T-Mobile makes it official; Wi-Fi calling available on iOS 8

T-Mobile makes it official; Wi-Fi calling available on iOS 8
On Monday, a slide projected by Apple at WWDC revealed that iOS 8 will offer Wi-Fi calling. On Tuesday, T-Mobile confirmed that the Apple iPhone running iOS 8, will join certain Android and Windows Phone handsets in supporting Wi-Fi calling. Once the iPhone gets added to T-Mobile's roster of supporting handsets, over 90% of the smartphones offered by the carrier will enable the feature.
 
T-Mobile's Wi-Fi calling requires no additional app to download, nor does it require you to activate anything. All you need to do is find a Wi-Fi connection and log on to it. Check the handset for the Wi-Fi calling icon, and you're good to go. The operator has 17 million enabled customer devices with 5 million customers using the feature every month.


Besides Wi-Fi calling, T-Mobile has just launched VoLTE in Seattle. This allows users to make and take phone calls over an LTE pipeline. So far, the service is available only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy Light and the LG G Flex.

source: T-Mobile via MobileBurn

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20 Comments

1. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Please, TMUS, let me use WiFi calling on my Nexus 5, pretty please!

2. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

That has nothing to do with T-Mobile, my friend.

3. Sauce unregistered

Maybe he thinks they will notice what he says. Just like those annoying posts people make on Facebook about someone who can't even see the post / will never see their post... "I love you so much daddy. You've been there through everything thick and thin. You always helped me. You this. You that. Blablabla yada yada"

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What about WiFi calling is the great be-all and end-all? Back when minutes were sold in buckets, being able to make calls over a WiFi connection was compelling. But with unlimited voice, I don't see the value proposition. Am I missing something?

17. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Yes: free incoming calls and free calls to the US from abroad.

4. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Google needs to add some native Wifi-calling to the next version of android.

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It's already technically there. You just need the settings from the carrier. Good luck on them giving them to you.

5. dodger

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Doesn't wi-fi calling still count againt your minutes?

6. giorf

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

WiFi calling counts against your data but not your minutes

7. seakid85

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

^^Not true. Anything WiFi is completely free. WiFi does not count against data plans.

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Not true either. Placing calls over WiFi stateside costs minutes, incoming calls over WiFi are free, placing calls to the US over WiFi from abroad is free (v. t-mo.co/TaEKIS ).

9. seakid85

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

My point was data is not involved.

11. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

Doesn't even the simplest plans nowadays offer unlimited calls and texts, so why would it matter if wifi-calling wasted minutes?

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Because of TMUS' awesome value $30 plan with 100min of voice and 5GB of data at 4G.

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It still uses your minutes.

18. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Not incoming calls, no. They are free (v. t-mo{dot}co/TaEKIS ).

20. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Yes, if you don't have unlimited voice plan. My plan has 100 mins only and it counts against mine. But, it won't count against your mins if you have unlimited voice plan.

10. gnotch

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

finally! because im right outside their coverage area (literally steps away) and service is practically non-existent in my house. this will finally take away ppl not even reaching when im in the house.

16. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

WiFi calling uses your WiFi to enhance your signal so you can make calls in low cell areas. Yes it does use your mins. If you have unlimited, great more power to you. If you don't have unlimited, watch how long you talk. I never heard WiFi calling using data. And yes WiFi calling should be on every phone but most of the carriers block it. T-Mobile doesn't. IO8 FINALLY got the capability lol

19. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Hopefully WiFi calling being available on the iPhone will result in more carriers offering it.

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