Wi-Fi calling included in iOS 8

Wi-Fi calling included in iOS 8
While it wasn't brought out during the WWDC keynote, a screenshot from the Moscone Center that was captured today, reveals that Wi-Fi calling is indeed a part of iOS 8. Since it wasn't brought up during Monday afternoon's activities, how it would be implemented is still unknown. Right now, Sprint and T-Mobile both offer calls and texts over a Wi-Fi connection.

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

Screenshot from WWDC reveals Wi-Fi calling for iOS 8


source: TmoNews

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25 Comments

1. brokenchains

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 28, 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: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 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: Nov 28, 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: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

unlimited? No grandfathered in plan is cheaper than the 40$ plan that is unlimited by tmobile.

18. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 410; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Theres plenty of apps for that in the playstore. Like textPlus

3. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Wifi calling? That's what FaceTime Audio is!

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*cough*Sprint*cough*

19. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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 unregistered

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: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

None of this makes sense its not new material its all been done before nothing new

20. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Welcome to 2011 Apple.. though I'm sure they will act like it's something new they created

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It wasn't even mentioned in the keynote. Do you even read?

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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 unregistered

So, does the current iphone on tmobile or sprint have wi-fi calling like the other phones on sprint amd t mobile?

21. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I don't believe so.

17. darkoman4

Posts: 181; Member since: May 30, 2014

Not quite correct. Viper One ROM for HTC One adds T Mobil WiFi calling to any rooted gsm HTC One.

22. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 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: 691; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

23. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Google Voice can. At least on Sprint.

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 6098; Member since: Dec 02, 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 :).

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