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6 Messages

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 11:55 PM

When will AT&T support WiFi calling like T-Mobile?

This should be a no brainer and it's the one thing I give T-Mobile credit for.  Their network is complete crap but their WiFi calling was flawless.

ACE - Expert

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13.2K Messages

9 years ago

The only report that is out is later this year. Until it is officially announced, no one knows.

Master

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9 years ago


@webboy634 wrote:

This should be a no brainer and it's the one thing I give T-Mobile credit for.  Their network is complete crap but their WiFi calling was flawless.


The last I read about wifi calling on AT&T is that they are trying to work towards a national standard method, and not a carrier proprietary method like T-Mobile implemented.  This would mean that, if implemented as planned, AT&T customers would be able to use Verizon or possibly Sprint wifi services for their calls as well as AT&T services.  This would be much better for us as customers, but it takes longer to iron out the details and work out all the reciprocal agreements between the carriers.

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7 Messages

9 years ago

I switched from T Mobile to AT&T before TMobile had service for the iphone. I didn't realize that I was giving up home wifi. I agree with webboy634. My home wifi calls were flawless - no drops, etc.

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9 years ago

No TMO's wifi calling is NOT flawless.  I tried them and went back to AT&T one day after porting my number.  My experience with TMO's wifi-calling was horrible.  In my Montreal hotel room, with WiFi, I thought I was calling my wife over wifi.  Turns out I was calling over the Rogers Cellular Network (TMO ultimately refunded that).  I found that only the strongest wifi systems (like in my house) will enable flawless wifi calling on TMO.  Your average hotel room, hospital, store, wifi was generally not good enough.  That was my brief experience and it was wi-fi calling was the reasons I tried TMO

Tutor

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6 Messages

9 years ago

My original message concerned using the T-Mobile wifi calling on a strong
signal such as wifi at home. I still think AT&T should offer it.

Master

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9 years ago

AT&T had issued a statement earlier in the year that they were looking into this, but it would be later this year if they implemented it. If you can't wait for later in the year, then maybe you would be better served by that other carrier.

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6 Messages

9 years ago

I left T-Mobile to come to AT&T and do not regret it at all. T-Mobile's
network sucks.

The one thing T-Mobile has over AT&T is wifi calling. It's just that
simple. AT&T is behind the curve on this one. I stated that from the very
beginning of my post, in case you didn't see that.


Master

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9 years ago

I saw your original post. I was just telling you that if AT&T is so bad you have to complain and compare them to another carrier claiming the other carrier is far better, then perhaps you should be using the other carrier.

AT&T offers decent coverage over most of the US. Yes, they have some areas of poor reception. I know because I go through some of them almost daily on my way to/from work. Just offering wifi calling won't make reception in those areas any better, and comparing AT&T to other carriers won't help either, because in the areas I have experienced, AT&T, Verizon & T-Mobile all have poor service. I can't compare them to Sprint, as I haven't had access to any of their devices to see.

AT&T has already stated that they plan to offer wifi calling, and that they are working on it. Like adding a new cellular tower, it is not something that can just be turned on overnight. They have to go through many levels of assessments and approvals and unless you're involved in those levels of negotiations, it may seem like "just flipping a switch" but they need so many governmental approvals before "flipping that switch" that it could take years depending upon how many roadbloads are thrown in their way.

Professor

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3.2K Messages

9 years ago

Someone on another thread posted this link:

 

http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=60001114743

 

Looks like ATT wants to impliment the service, but the balls in someone else's court.

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6 Messages

9 years ago

You're still not really following my post here.

1) I don't have a problem with AT&T's *cellular* service, it's great.
Awesome, etc.
2) This isn't a celluar issue. WiFi calling is VoIP (voice over IP). It's
not a matter of standing up my cell towers or adding more spectrum. My
iPhone would communicate with an AT&T server through the WiFI connection
and the AT&T server would handle the actual phone call. Most businesses
have moved their phone systems to a similar VoIP setup.
3) This is an improvement that AT&T should have already started
implementing, in my opinion.

That's as simple as I can state it.

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