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AT&T to Wait Until 2015 to Launch WiFi Calling

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Sep 12, 2014, 11:03 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T's top exec today said the company won't offer WiFi calling on its devices until next year. WiFi Calling has been around for years, but was highlighted by Apple this week as a new feature in the iPhone 6/6 Plus. Further, T-Mobile announced this week plans to expand WiFi calling to all its smartphones with a new in-home hotspot. T-Mobile's WiFi service goes live soon, but AT&T is in no rush to compete. "We're very focused on making sure it's a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement," said CEO Ralph de la Vega. "We feel good about a great nationwide network with unlimited talk and text." WiFi calling passes voice calls and text messages over a local WiFi network rather than the macro cellular network.

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Sep 12, 2014, 11:42 AM

AT&T years

So by 2015 we can safely assume that it will be 2016 or 2017 before they've implemented it. Got it.
Who cares? Everywhere I go, I have at&t service, so who needs it?

Sep 12, 2014, 11:31 AM

Great experience?

It's just fancy VOIP service basically. Both Sprint and T-mobile have it, and it works just as if you were making a phone call over the cellular network. I'm using it right now on my HTC One Max on Sprint.

Even though I get great service where I live already with cellular, I choose to use WiFi calling instead for the battery saving advantages, and to insure that I always have a rock solid connection.

So instead of connecting to a tower blocks away, with large buildings in the way, my tower essentially is just a few feet away from me at all times, with no obstructions in the way.
Why AT&T and Verizon are choosing to drag their feet with this is beyond me.

I recently visited a family member in Maryland whom lives far, far off the b...
One word...Money.
From a bloodsucking leech perspective, there's not much to be gained from offering wifi calling. They know exactly how much money they will make in that year or three by delaying wifi calling.
Most of their customers wont leave ...
Well then let me give you a reason why that feature is worthless. I don't have internet service in my home. I use my phone as a hotspot, because I get 30mbps in my home. Why would I pay the cable company 50 bucks a month for slower speeds and then h...
T Bone

Sep 13, 2014, 12:22 AM

at&t's 'spin' is correct here

T-Mobile and Sprint emphasize WiFi calling because their networks suck and there are so many places where their customers can't get service and this feature helps to fill in the gaps in coverage. However, at&t's network is bigger, with fewer dead zones, so the feature is less necessary.

As far as it goes, I think this is exactly the correct spin for at&t to adopt.....we're not going to focus on filling in the gaps, we are going to focus on making sure that there are no gaps to fill in.
I agree T. It really comes down to Sprint and T-Mobile NEED to implement wifi calling to assist their inferior network whereas AT&T and Verizon don't have these issues.
Lets all not forget that T-Mobile still has a huge FOR SALE sign on their door a...
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