Wednesday, September 10, 2014

T-Mobile US Pushes Ahead with Wi-Fi Calling

T-Mobile US announce its latest "Un-carrier" move: a push to enable Wi-Fi calling and texting for its Simple Choice smartphone customers.  The capability will now be supported by every smartphone it sells.

T-Mobile said its disruptive approach is to leverage every available technology to deliver coverage in places unreachable by any cellular network.

“Wi-Fi Un-leashed is a game changer. This is like adding millions of towers to our network in a single day,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “The difference between us and the traditional carriers is that they’ll do everything they can to make more money off you. We’ll do everything we can to solve your problems, and today, that’s about uniting Wi-Fi with our data strong network for unprecedented coverage.”

In addition to enabling T-Mobile customers to use any public or private Wi-Fi connection they can access like a T-Mobile tower for calling and texting, the Un-carrier has rolled out next-generation Wi-Fi calling and texting on its network. This supports high-quality HD voice, fast call setup times, fewer dropped calls and seamless voice coverage between T-Mobile’s nationwide Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network and Wi-Fi with compatible smartphones.

T-Mobile customers can also make free Wi-Fi calls to the United States from anywhere outside the country − all using their existing T-Mobile number with no app to install and no additional IDs or numbers to manage − wherever they have Wi-Fi.

T-Mobile is also introducing Personal CellSpot, a Wi-Fi home router that features patent-pending technology that prioritizes voice calls. Starting September 17, every Simple Choice customer with a broadband connection and a Wi-Fi-calling ready smartphone can get a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot completely free of charge with a $25 refundable deposit.