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  • AT&T Pushes Wi-Fi Calling to a Future Date, Says T-Mobile and Sprint Defy the FCC


    iOS 9 includes the ability to make Wi-Fi calls through your carrier. Currently, T-Mobile and Sprint customers can already take advantage of the feature, although AT&T customers are facing delays, as AT&T has been waiting on the FCC to approve a waiver that exempts AT&T from having to support TTY (teletypewriter) devices, which the carrier says do not work as well on Wi-Fi networks.

    As a result, AT&T blasts T-Mobile and Sprint specifically for offering the service too early while AT&T will be playing by the FCC's rules and waiting for the commission to issue the waiver.

    Quote Originally Posted by AT&T
    This past Friday, September 25, was the date on which AT&T intended to introduce Wi-Fi calling services in competition with other competitors in the market, namely T-Mobile and Sprint. Those carriers have been offering Wi-Fi calling services for a significant period of time, well over a year on Android devices and for months on iOS devices.

    Neither of those carriers has approached the FCC to request a waiver of the TTY rules. Because the commission has not granted AT&T's waiver petition, we are not in a position to provide Wi-Fi calling services to our customers even while our competitors provide those services in defiance of the commission's rules.
    TTY is used to help those hard at hearing, but AT&T doesn't want to use the feature. Instead, the carrier wants to implement a newer feature into its Wi-Fi calling functionality known as RTT (real-time text), which is significantly more stable on Wi-Fi networks, according to the carrier.

    It's a bold shout-out by AT&T, being that company itself has been under fire by the FCC due to its questionable unlimited data plan throttling, which the FCC felt was not a very kosher way to offer unlimited data to customers.

    Nonetheless, AT&T says that Wi-Fi calling is coming to its customers soon, just as soon as the FCC approves the waiver that they're waiting on. Once approved, AT&T will roll out the feature and users can visit the Phone settings from the Settings application in iOS 9 to turn on Wi-Fi calling and then sign in with their AT&T account.

    Source: AT&T via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Pushes Wi-Fi Calling to a Future Date, Says T-Mobile and Sprint Defy the FCC started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      What was the caveat with using WiFi calling? I tried it once and something got disabled, like Handoff? Or answering calls from your iPad or Mac?
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by HovikGas View Post
      What was the caveat with using WiFi calling? I tried it once and something got disabled, like Handoff? Or answering calls from your iPad or Mac?
      I think it was Handoff too.
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      What is the upside of Wifi calling with unlimited calling on any carrier? Before unlimited cool but now?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      What is the upside of Wifi calling with unlimited calling on any carrier? Before unlimited cool but now?
      If you have low signal, you'll have a better calling experience. Useful in metal buildings.
    1. RandyTG's Avatar
      RandyTG -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      I think it was Handoff too.
      Each carrier involved has to have VoLTE (Voice over LTE) deployed in their network. That way you can do cell to wifi and wifi to cell calls.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      I need it! Still having to rock a 3G Microcell (with 6 year old technology)because I'm in a dead spot.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I use wi-if calling every single day and love it. Thanks T-Mobile.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      I use wi-if calling every single day and love it. Thanks T-Mobile.
      Why thanks to t-mobile? They are giving you crappy cellular signal. You should thank your ISP since you are using their wifi to make calls.
    1. jackbauerctu's Avatar
      jackbauerctu -
      Quote Originally Posted by RandyTG View Post
      Each carrier involved has to have VoLTE (Voice over LTE) deployed in their network. That way you can do cell to wifi and wifi to cell calls.
      I know with Verizon's VoLTE, the handoff only works from Cellular to wifi but not the other way around. If you start a call on wifi and lose the wifi signal your call will drop even if you have perfect cellular signal. That's how it has been for me since day one.
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      I can't find anything anywhere about what the FCC has to do to approve this. Are there legitimate WiFi/bandwidth issues or is it bureaucratic red-tape? This is a game-changer for me because the cellular signal is two-three bars outside my house and next to nothing inside. And that means not having to freeze with the back door open this winter when making a call.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Why thanks to t-mobile? They are giving you crappy cellular signal. You should thank your ISP since you are using their wifi to make calls.
      Thanks to T-Mobile for allowing us to use this technology. I live in New York and have great signal everywhere with T-Mobile. I work in a basement, and I am the only one who is able to make phone calls in and out using wifi.
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      teletypewriter? What is this 1970s?
    1. ATAYA's Avatar
      ATAYA -
      AT&T, are you mad that every cellphone company is offering iPhone and that you do not enjoy the monopoly no more? I don't care if the FCC have not yet approved using wifi calling. So far as my carrier offers it I will use it if need be.

      Get over it AT&T.....[emoji30]
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      I don't know why it's so hard for people to understand the uses of WiFi calling... Super helpful to those with poor to no cell reception, plenty of dead zones here on Hawaii Island...
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      I got one word here,

      Viber

      Done
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      I got one word here,

      Viber

      Done
      Do both phones need Viber or has that changed? I also remember Viber using battery life when it was running in the background.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Both phones, but a quick text before the call and bingo! I never leave it running and I talk to my team in Italy a lot.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      Both phones, but a quick text before the call and bingo! I never leave it running and I talk to my team in Italy a lot.
      Thanks for the tip.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      I got one word here,

      Viber

      Done
      What about whatsapp calling?
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Never tried it.