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Handoff to my office WiFi via UMA?


Jun 15, 2009, 4:09 PM
I am wondering if any of you techie guys can answer this question. I have a wireless network at the office and I have set my BB to connect to the network. I am enjoying the WiFi but my GSM signal is terrible here.

I noticed that my phone displays "UMA" where it normally displays "EDGE" when I am outside. Does this mean that when I am within my WiFi range, I am using the UMA protocol to connect my voice calls? Does this explain the fact that I am able to connect my phone?

I was seriously thinking about abandoning T-Mobile, but if the above is true, then I don't need to do that. Does anyone have enough knowledge ob this subject?

Thank you.

Jun 26, 2009, 10:46 AM
Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) provides access to cellular mobile voice and data services over unlicensed spectrum technologies, such Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (802.11).

A UMA phone will use a cellular networks (GSM, CDMA, etc.) when out and about, and automatically switch to a UMA-enabled Bluetooth or Wi-Fi local network when in range, such as at home or in the office.

In local mode, a complete, virtual GSM or CDMA connection is "tunneled" to the carrier via the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection and the Internet. This allows seamless, transparent use of all services at all times, including voice, messaging, and data services.

This hybrid approach allows fulls mobility, while offering consumers better coverage, faster data rates, and lowe...

Jul 11, 2009, 3:11 PM
Wow cut and paste is your friend
The simple answer is yes, you can connect to ANY open WiFi, or closed if you know the password, and enjoy UMA and wifi data speeds. My Curve 8900 will not connect on its own to a new router but it will remember them after I scan and connect. If there is a setting for this process to be automatic ok but I'm to lazy to find it.

Aug 22, 2009, 7:03 PM
As an example, I can now use my phone at my local laudromat, which is a brick-metal monstrosity that eats phone signal like a fat kid eats donuts. On my RAZR, I was lucky to catch one bar while leaning on a window. Now, with my 8900, I can pretty much camp out inside a dryer and use my UMA connection to send videos of what the inside of an industrial dryer looks like when its on because the laundromat offers free wi-fi.

*Riding inside a dryer is incredibly dangerous and stupid and should not be attempted by anyone smart enough to breathe on their own, or recognize they like breathing. Do not try this at home.*

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