Have you ever been somewhere with little to no cellular coverage, but noticed there was Wi-Fi access? Wi-Fi Calling is a tool that lets you solve coverage problems. Certainly there are lots of places with great cellular coverage, but we all have that one corner of the building, or room in our house, where the coverage is spotty. With Wi-Fi Calling, you can get your voice, messaging and other mobile services over Wi-Fi in locations where you don’t have coverage.
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Most of us spend time in at least a few places where our phones just don’t work, whether it’s a room or two at home, a favorite basement coffee shop or some other signal-blocked location. That’s where Wi-Fi calling can save the day. Instead of relying on the cellular phone network, Wi-Fi calling and texting uses an available Wi-Fi network to place your call over the Internet.
Clearly, if you don’t have a cellular signal or it’s spotty, the ability to make Wi-Fi calls comes in handy. But that isn’t the only reason you’ll want to use Wi-Fi calling.
If you’ve never heard of Wi-Fi calling, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. And if you do know what Wi-Fi calling is, you probably know this tech has been around for several years — T-Mobile has actually had it since 2007.
With next-gen Wi-Fi Calling, T-Mobile says it is pioneering seamless handover between its LTE network and any available Wi-Fi connection so calls don’t drop between the two. Next-gen Wi-Fi Calling also features HD Voice quality when calling another HD Voice-capable user. T-Mobile says that means its customers can now maintain “crystal clear” HD Voice calls, whether connected to T-Mobile LTE or a Wi-Fi connection — all using their existing T-Mobile number.
To enable this, every new smartphone sold by T-Mobile will come Wi-Fi-enabled for Wi-Fi calling and texting (the feature must be built-in by manufacturers.) Additionally, all of the carrier’s existing customers have the ability to trade in their existing device for one of the new Wi-Fi-enabled handsets via the company’s Jump program.
In what it dubbed the “Wi-Fi Unleashed” campaign, T-Mobile said that going forward all of its new smartphones will be enabled for Wi-Fi calling and texting.
Users who are on T-Mobile can make Wi-Fi calls from their iPhones. You just make a call as you’d normally do – but the carrier name on the status bar will change to “T-Mobile Wi-Fi” (or EE WiFi). That’s an indication that you are making a Wi-Fi call. More carriers will be joining the elite club to offer Wi-Fi calling for iPhone users.
T-Mobile announced an exclusive partnership with in-flight wireless service Gogo that will allow T-Mobile customers to send and receive unlimited text and picture messages and check visual voice mail from their phone on any Gogo-equipped domestic flight. The service begins on Sept. 17, and it’s free to all T-Mobile customers. Initially, however, it will only work on certain phone models, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 5s, LG G3 and HTC One. You can check T-Mobile’s website for a full list of compatible phones
T-Mobile finally making WiFi Calling available to the BlackBerry Classic has become a reality. Customers using a BlackBerry Classic on T-Mobile can now check for software updates .
T-Mobile has had promotion codes for quite some time also, but for the most part it was only for their own devices. Devices they sold, with the exception of the Nexus. But recently, T-Mobile opened that up to any smartphone that would work on their network. So more and more can use WiFi Calling. It appears that CyanogenMod is using some code for WiFi Calling that is in AOSP as well as some of their own trickery from Cyanogen himself, Steve Kondik, to get T-Mobile WiFi Calling available in CyanogenMod 13.0.
T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling allows T-Mobile subscribers who are stuck in an area with a poor cellular connection, to make and take phone calls over a Wi-Fi network. It also allows for the sending and receiving of texts over a Wi-Fi network as well. Having the feature on CM13 might give T-Mobile subscribers who like to customize their Android phone, the impetus to flash Cyanogen on their handset.