Wi-Fi calling coming to AT&T in 2015

Wi-Fi calling coming to AT&T in 2015
Friday in New York, Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T's Mobile and Business Solutions group, announced that the carrier will go live with Wi-Fi Calling sometime next year. Wi-Fi calling, which allows you to make calls and send texts over a Wi-Fi network, is supported on the new Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus.
 
Last week, T-Mobile said that 100% of phones sold by the carrier will now include the feature. T-Mobile gets a head start on AT&T as de la Vega said that the mobile operator would not launch the new service until it was thoroughly tested, which points to a 2015 launch. AT&T will offer VoWiFi with seamless handoff in place, similar to T-Mobile's version. The AT&T executive sees Wi-Fi calling complementing its current voice options like VoLTE and 3G Voice. The announcement was made at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.


Sprint has offered Wi-Fi calling, although its service is limited to a few Android models. Other carriers like Republic Wireless have their customers make calls over Wi-Fi where possible, using Sprint's cellular network to fill out gaps where there is no Wi-Fi available.

source: LightReading via TechCrunch

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30 Comments

1. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Hello phonearena, any word on when Verizon will have wiFi Calling ?

2. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

And T-Mobile causes changes to the U.S. Carriers once again.

3. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Actually it was Sprint, to release wi-fi calling not T-mobile..

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

T-Mobile had wifi calling (UMA) a long time before Sprint.

30. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

They had to offer wifi calling because their coverage sucked... AT&T should have done this years ago before either of them.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile has been offering WiFi calling for years now lol.

12. wilsong17 unregistered

Do your research boy dam

21. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Actually it was Sprint, to release wi-fi calling not T-mobile.." -max9777 Actually? Really? Certainly? Positively? For sure? We would love to know how you came up with this conclusion when it's accepted knowledge that T-Mobile was the first in the USA to feature UMA (wifi) calling (even though it was "actually" Cincinatti Bell, according to the usually-wrong wikipedia).

23. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

-_- T-Mobile: Wi-fi calling launched June, 2007. Sprint: Wifi calling announced February, 2014.

4. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Problem is half the country can't get T-Mobiles service

11. wilsong17 unregistered

Doesn't mean you can't use tmobile wifi .... works great on the Bermuda island

5. Orion78

Posts: 217; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I been having wifi calling for awhile. Where have you been? Lol

28. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

well to kill the argument, At&t and verizon really dont need wifi calling, tmobile needs is because their network is crap, the big boys are playing this right. Volte is the future, not wifi calling

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Pushing voice calls/texts onto home wifi will allow telecoms to cut back on towers and increase profits.

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Their goal is to eventually have everything done through data.

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It certainly is. VoLTE is leading the way towards voice over cellular data. Wifi calling is mainly about increasing profits, but it also does offer advantages dealing with cellular dead zones and lack of building penetration. What isn't clear is what will work with what. Will T-Mobile wifi calling connect up to ATT wifi calling with full HD voice fidelity? How about ATT VoLTE and VZW VoLTE? Will cellular users get full cross-vendor HD voice compatibility?

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If they really want to provide customers a better experience, they can expand the capacity of their tiny little data tiered plans that we are paying more than $100 a month for in many cases. Profit for the sake of more profit is more like swindling the customer more than they need to. They can generate a profit without having suck the cash out of our bank accounts.

10. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

BlackBerry has this WiFi calling feature in BB OS 7.1.

14. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

BB has had WiFi (UMA) calling since BB OS 4.0 or even earlier.

16. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Since 2007 on T-Mobile, so long before BB OS 7.1.

15. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

BUT BUT BUT TMOBILE HAD IT FIRST! Lol where is all the hate and childish bashing of "they had it first!" lol.

17. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

This is not Apple. AT&T doesn't sue other telecoms on frivilous matters like Apple does.

18. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

They actually do. You should look into that. Also, you don't hear about it because they aren't Apple. ATT even goes out of its way to place lawsuits on its customers.

20. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

AT&T sues Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile for copying, and then tries to ban all of their products? Please show me. And every company sues its customers. Usually for not paying their bills.

19. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Glad to hear it's coming to AT&T. As for tmobile having it first that's fine, now how about they work on that terrible coverage, you the areas that aren't urban which is the largest part of the US

22. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

great that its coming to att but i usually dont need wifi calling with them since it usually works inside buildings to call unlike tmobile which usually craps out in buildings .. But still great always nice having something extra but knowing att they will probably charge extra to use it..

25. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Someone name a app that does wifi calling, (really called voip by the way) that utilizes your own phone number. Not getting another number.

26. zennacko unregistered

I think some CEO got pissed after Legere said "AT&T is the gift that keeps on giving" some days ago...

27. Fernandito31

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

i dont know about you guys but i dont see at&t as a cellphone company anymore... did you guys ever being in their store of the future?? that company is starving to be a technology company... where you can get everything related to communications and being connected in one place. Cellphones, tablets, digital life, connected devices, 5g network, etc... When i try to said is that they are looking to be more than a cellphone company...

29. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Truth is they do not really need it cause their coverage is good, its the only reason why T-Mobile and Sprint use it back in the days to help those who do not have coverage to still make calls, so the phone did not feel totally useless. If they want to bring it then its fine, but I feel like they can focus on other things.

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