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Verizon Seeking Permission from FCC for WiFi Calling

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Oct 23, 2015, 4:35 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless has requested a waiver from the FCC so it can eventually offer WiFi calling to its customers. The waiver is needed because TTY services, which carriers are obligated to offer, are not reliable over WiFi. As such, Verizon will need to replace TTY with real-time text (RTT) in order to remain compliant with the law. Verizon's request follows similar actions taken by rival AT&T. The FCC granted AT&T's waiver request earlier this month and the carrier subsequently launched WiFi calling on the iPhone. Sprint and T-Mobile have both offered WiFi calling for about a year, though neither requested a waiver from the FCC. Verizon didn't say how quickly it expects to bring WiFi calling to its handsets.

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Oct 23, 2015, 8:02 PM

Remember when...

Verizon ridiculed T-mobile and Sprint for offering Wi-Fi calling. Something about how they didn't need to offer it because their network is so expansive.
As i'm sitting here in downtown Phoenix with no service in my first floor condo, have to go out in the street to get 1-2 bars of service..

Luckily they FINALLY sent me a network extender for free after complaining for 2yrs about it

Oct 26, 2015, 4:28 PM


When you can download an app that will offer the same WIFI calling as long as there is a SIM installed.

Oct 23, 2015, 5:37 PM

Not True

T-Mobie has offered WiFi Calling since 2007. I had it on a flip phone!
It's not just Phonescoop that keeps getting it wrong as far as when T-Mobile began offering Wi-Fi calling. Almost every article on other tech sites that brings this up says T-Mobile recently began offering Wi-Fi calling - wrong.

And , strangely , ...
True, but it was for a different reason, T-Mobile did it because of lack of service in many areas. Which has significantly improved, probably to the point it's not needed for the most part. Still it was nice to have it outside the country and there ...

Oct 23, 2015, 5:52 PM

Guess their app didn't work?

In my opinion, that was a bad idea to offer wifi calling via their VZMessage App.
You right
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