Wi-Fi calling included in iOS 8
posted by Alan F. / Jun 02, 2014, 4:37 PM
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.
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"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.
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 4:39 PM 0
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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
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 6:31 PM 2
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Wifi calling? That's what FaceTime Audio is!
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 4:46 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 4:48 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 10:56 PM 0
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None of this makes sense its not new material its all been done before nothing new
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 5:09 PM 4
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Welcome to 2011 Apple.. though I'm sure they will act like it's something new they created
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 5:24 PM 6
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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.
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 5:34 PM 1
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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.
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 11:07 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 7:21 PM 1
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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.
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 8:56 PM 0
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