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NewsPoster Jun 2, 2014 07:24 PM
T-Mobile confirms compatibility with iOS 8's Wi-Fi calling
T-Mobile, which has supported <a href="">Wi-Fi calling</a> for more than 17 million of its customers, has already confirmed that its iPhones will work with the built-in support for Wi-Fi calling coming in iOS 8 -- a new feature not mentioned on stage during the keynote, but one of many smaller features Apple is including in this fall's release. The OS-level support should mean that users will need only to tick a preference box to make the feature work.<br /><br />Once iOS 8 is released, some 90 percent of all T-Mobile smartphones will have access to Wi-Fi calling, which can sometimes save voice and text plan minutes by automatically using public or home Wi-Fi when available. Up until today's announcement, only select Android and Windows phones were able to take advantage of the money-saving feature.<br />
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Among US carriers, <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Sprint also</a> has Wi-Fi calling -- but so far neither AT&T nor Verizon have announced support for it. Sprint is in the process of <a href="" rel='nofollow'>trying to merge</a> with T-Mobile.<br />
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At any given month, according to the company, some five million customers take advantage of Wi-Fi calling. The service allows customers to use their cell phone to make calls even if local cellular service is poor or not available, as long as they can utilize a Wi-Fi hotspot. Caller ID and other features work exactly as though the phone was on cellular, but avoids roaming or long-distance charges, and recent-model smartphones (such as the iPhone 5 family) automatically switch over to Wi-Fi if available or if the cellular signal drops, without interrupting the call.<br />
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In addition to Wi-Fi calling -- which T-Mobile has supported in one form or another since 2007 -- the company is also expanding its existing HD Voice support, and recently launched its <a href="" rel='nofollow'>first public VoLTE</a> (Voice Over LTE) supported zone in Seattle, with plans for further national deployment over time.
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