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T-Mobile to Offer Unlimited Wi-Fi Calling
Scheduled for Today, Launch Delayed
by Karl Bode 08:46AM Wednesday May 11 2011
T-Mobile will soon return to allowing Wi-Fi calling capable devices to make and receive phone calls WITHOUT using in-plan minutes -- exactly the sort of idea AT&T wouldn't implement. According to leaked company documents, the company was supposed to announce the plan today -- but follow up leaks state the launch has been delayed. No new launch date has been given, but an internal T-Mobile memo states "support teams are engaged and working toward launching this new feature as soon as possible." Users on Even More, Even More Plus, and 4G Do More plans with smartphones capable of using the free service will receive an SMS when the service goes live.

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Rob
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Miami, FL
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T-Mobile offers unlimited wi-fi calling..

.. and all 10 customers rejoice.

xirian
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Beacon, NY
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Re: T-Mobile offers unlimited wi-fi calling..

I would have went with "And AT&T takes it away"

buddahbless

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Re: Takes it away.....

ROFL

aztecnology
O Rly?
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Murrieta, CA

Re: T-Mobile offers unlimited wi-fi calling..

said by xirian:

I would have went with "And AT&T takes it away"

Actually AT&T plans to leverage the Tmobile wifi network to alleviate cellular bandwith constraints...
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iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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Re: T-Mobile offers unlimited wi-fi calling..

Betcha they'll still take away free WiFi calling. This is AT&T we're talking about. Nickel here, dime there.
thedragonmas

join:2007-12-28
Albany, GA
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Re: T-Mobile offers unlimited wi-fi calling..

said by iansltx:

Betcha they'll still take away free WiFi calling. This is AT&T we're talking about. Nickel here, dime there.

funny thing is, with AT&T if it can do wifi, its a smartphone, and they have that nifty mandatory data fee for smart phones. i got rid of mine because of it. i only had a smart phone for the keyboard and large screen (both me and mom are legally blind) i didnt need net access on them.

any way, theyl probably do them like they do their microcells, sure, you can use your wifi to make calls, but those calls will probably count towards your plan minutes.

bobgwen

join:2001-07-07
Bartow, FL
said by Rob:

.. and all 10 customers rejoice.

Oh yeah??? Who you with? High Price at&t? The ones who don't allow you to do anything with the phone that you own? There are more than 10 people who have the wifi calling on their phone. I retired from at&t and I don't like 'em. I hope the merger does NOT go through.
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Rob
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Re: T-Mobile offers unlimited wi-fi calling..

said by bobgwen:

said by Rob:

.. and all 10 customers rejoice.

Oh yeah??? Who you with? High Price at&t? The ones who don't allow you to do anything with the phone that you own? There are more than 10 people who have the wifi calling on their phone. I retired from at&t and I don't like 'em. I hope the merger does NOT go through.

I'm happy with my high price service, thank you very much!
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jcremin

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Siren, WI
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Re: T-Mobile offers unlimited wi-fi calling..

said by Rob:

I'm happy with my high price service, thank you very much!

And there are plenty of us who enjoy paying 25% less than you and get better customer service.

Rob
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Re: T-Mobile offers unlimited wi-fi calling..

said by jcremin:

said by Rob:

I'm happy with my high price service, thank you very much!

And there are plenty of us who enjoy paying 25% less than you and get better customer service.

You need customer service? I've hadn't had to call CS in over 2 years! Service works flawlessly!
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jcremin

join:2009-12-22
Siren, WI
kudos:3

Re: T-Mobile offers unlimited wi-fi calling..

said by Rob:

You need customer service? I've hadn't had to call CS in over 2 years! Service works flawlessly!

So does mine, but every now and then I have a question, or I call in to upgrade my phone or change my plan, so I do talk to them once in a great while.

We think it is great since we don't have to deal with boosters, femtocells, or any of that crap... If you have a phone that supports it, just turn it on, connect to a network and it just works. And EVERY carrier has dead areas.

The good news of reimplementing the unlimited wi-fi calling is really something aimed at t-mobile customers... But whatever, I'm not really sure why you are wasting your time bashing something you don't even use.

Morgan1970
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Crisfield, MD
LMAO!

mob
On the next level..
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Now

If only Sprint would offer this feature to those with GV integration.
informpage
Never Be Satisfied

join:2003-07-09
Forest Hills, NY

Re: Now

Just use SIPDroid..
iansltx

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Austin, TX
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The nice thing about my old SERO plan, changed to a new SERO plan, is that, awhile back, I asked for free calling to/from three numbers of my choice, and got it. Two of those are cellular numbers, which fall under the new Any Mobile, Anytime free minute bucket, but the third number is a landline that I call often (parents). Between AMAT, free calling home and 7pm nights and weekends, I never come remotely clowe to using my minutes

tyscoj

@rr.com

This isn't new...

This isn't new...when I had a blackberry with them a few years ago, I had the ability to make calls via wi-fi that didn't count against my minutes...

cdru
Go Colts
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Re: This isn't new...

said by tyscoj :

This isn't new...when I had a blackberry with them a few years ago, I had the ability to make calls via wi-fi that didn't count against my minutes...

It's not new to those people that were grandfathered in. But it is basically impossible to get it anymore since they made the change to use minutes.

I for one look forward to the unlimited use. Now only if AT&T would grandfather the feature in if/when we officially get sold.

buddahbless

join:2005-03-21
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Grandfather what????

ATT grandfather what... ohh im ROFL at that one!!!!
Also so are all the execs at ATT, if you even think of asking for that...

cdru
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Re: Grandfather what????

said by buddahbless:

ATT grandfather what... ohh im ROFL at that one!!!!
Also so are all the execs at ATT, if you even think of asking for that...

I know I'm delusional. I also dream about sleeping with Jessica [Alba|Beil], Drew Barrymore, and Scarlett Johansson (all at the same time or separately, either way ), winning the lottery, and having superpowers. All of those things are probably more likely to happen then it being grandfathered in, but if you don't have dreams and fantasies, they can't come true.
hottboiinnc4
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Cleveland, OH

Re: This isn't new...

T will have to grandfather you in as they can NOT change any contracts until you upgrade or they force you to new equipment. That's the thing people do not realize. T just doesn't buy a customer and the network- they're buying YOUR Contract as as well. They have to still honor that contract.

del ftl

@comcast.net

Re: This isn't new...

This is not a contract item. As such, it can be taken away at will by AT&T and likely will be. Which is too bad because if the average cell phone consumer had exposure to uma/wifi calling they'd have a very hard time using any other carrier.

buddahbless

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Re: This isn't new...

Exactly wifi calling is not in your contract and a lot of time neither is the details of how data usage is allocated or delivered, once/if ATT takes over they can do what ever they please to data thats on the 1700mhz band (as in claiming 3G/4G on 1700 mhz is no longer available due to new network constraints). The only thing you will be guaranteed is that you will get your buckets of mins and txt msgs until your contract is up, and once your contract is up your rate plan will NOT be grandfathered, as ATT can now change your TOS at there liking. Take it or leave it it what ATT will say!

mrock

@frontiernet.net

Good News

I use the WiFi feature all the time because I get much better battery life. Being at work all day with weak coverage drains the battery pretty quick. Always tought it was wierd that it used you plan minuts.

bigunk
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Re: Good News

I don't care if it uses minutes or not. I just want coverage. I go to some remote locations where NO carrier has service, and I get on their wifi networks and boom! Talking to my heart's content.

Stupid AT$T will mandate we buy their femtocell POS things and not give two shits about us when we're out of the area. Seems to me wifi calling could be a cheap and easy solution. VZ does it this stupidity too. Does this mean where ever we visit with no coverage we have to have these femto boxes hooked up? That's just plain idiotic. Not to mention the femto pucks don't give good coverage anyway. I have several clients with them, and they're good for 30-40 feet. No more.
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dvd536
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Re: Good News

said by bigunk:

I don't care if it uses minutes or not. I just want coverage. I go to some remote locations where NO carrier has service, and I get on their wifi networks and boom! Talking to my heart's content.

Stupid AT$T will mandate we buy their femtocell POS things and not give two shits about us when we're out of the area. Seems to me wifi calling could be a cheap and easy solution. VZ does it this stupidity too. Does this mean where ever we visit with no coverage we have to have these femto boxes hooked up? That's just plain idiotic. Not to mention the femto pucks don't give good coverage anyway. I have several clients with them, and they're good for 30-40 feet. No more.

Every provider insists on sucking all the value out of femtos by eating plan minutes!
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Gbcue
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Awesome!

I used Wi-Fi calling extensively while traveling overseas.

Combined with Google Voice nets extremely cheap long distance calling.
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tmh

@qwest.net

Re: Awesome!

said by Gbcue:

I used Wi-Fi calling extensively while traveling overseas.

Combined with Google Voice nets extremely cheap long distance calling.

Amen. I caught up with all my email, voicemail, and text in transit through Japan using the airport's complimentary WiFi. All calls were local. T-Mobile didn't charge me a cent extra going through WiFi.

bobgwen

join:2001-07-07
Bartow, FL

Re: Awesome!

said by tmh :

said by Gbcue:

I used Wi-Fi calling extensively while traveling overseas.

Combined with Google Voice nets extremely cheap long distance calling.

Amen. I caught up with all my email, voicemail, and text in transit through Japan using the airport's complimentary WiFi. All calls were local. T-Mobile didn't charge me a cent extra going through WiFi.

I use the wifi calling feature in my home. I think it's great. If the merger does go through maybe Kineto will let their wifi calling app go on the android market. There are always ways to install it.
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buddahbless

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I agree Id use the wifi feature for calling while Im in Canada ( mostly Toronto) so many hotspots that are open! to know Im calliing unlimited from out the country back to the US or Canada (using Gvoice as a dial around) and not paying 0.69c per min is a benefit for me!

Not to mention using WIFI on my phone for internet access from a hotspot for free is a heaven send blessing as its $10 per MB while roaming in Canada.
sonicmerlin

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Cleveland, OH
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said by Gbcue:

I used Wi-Fi calling extensively while traveling overseas.

Combined with Google Voice nets extremely cheap long distance calling.

Wait how does that work exactly? Right now I'm in the Bahamas for example. If I had a T-mobile pre-paid SIM, would I be able to use Wi-Fi calling over my Wi-Fi internet connection to make free calls to the US?

del ftl

@comcast.net

Re: Awesome!

Yes, you're phone would act and behave as if it is connected to a normal cell tower in your home market. No long distance dialing codes, no international texting or roaming minutes. Nothing. Your mom can call you as if you are sitting in your house. The entire cell signal is encapsulated, so this includes texts, data, 611, everything.

With uma/wifi calling you can go on an international vacation and come back not having paid a dime for cell service. The servcie has no gps lock restrictions. The only requirement is that the wifi service you are on allows connection to the internet (specifically t-mobiles uma servers)

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said by sonicmerlin:

said by Gbcue:

I used Wi-Fi calling extensively while traveling overseas.

Combined with Google Voice nets extremely cheap long distance calling.

Wait how does that work exactly? Right now I'm in the Bahamas for example. If I had a T-mobile pre-paid SIM, would I be able to use Wi-Fi calling over my Wi-Fi internet connection to make free calls to the US?

I don't know, do you have a smart phone?
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tmh

@verizon.net
said by sonicmerlin:

Wait how does that work exactly? Right now I'm in the Bahamas for example. If I had a T-mobile pre-paid SIM, would I be able to use Wi-Fi calling over my Wi-Fi internet connection to make free calls to the US?

You need a phone that supports UMA. Some T-Mobile blackberries and Android handsets support this capability. I've not tried it with a pre-paid SIM, but I don't see why it won't work. It will still count against your balance however, but it would be as if you are Stateside.

Da Geek Kid

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TMO rocks

I have had them ALL.

NOTHING comes close to T-Mobile, period. I have att work phone is the biggest piece of garbage service... I have 5 bars and constant dropped calls.

If I find a location that has no signal. I make one call to T-mobile and in less than 3 months I have now at least 3 bars. With Att and all, you'd pick a number and sit, but please DO NOT hold your breath.

BTW -- to Rob, I guess yer like a herd of sheep following the largest group you could find... The smaller the group the better service you get. But than again, yer good where you @... baaaaa
Axekick

join:2005-05-01
Saint Louis, MO

Re: TMO rocks

Agreed. I also use a Nexus One and have been a very satisfied customer of T-Mobile for about 8+ years now. Additionally I am grandfathered into their home phone service so have unlimited VOIP calling assigned to a separate SIM card for $9.95/month

FastiBook

join:2003-01-08
Newtown, PA

Brumburble...`

Only way att + tmob will be able to compete with msft + skype is to keep wifi calling and expand it.

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