@davidnorway Seriously? Wi-Fi calling shouldn't be an essential feature as it requires the owner to spend $40-75 a month on an additional internet connection to use their device in a poor coverage area. That's like me buying a prepaid Android phone, downloading GrooVeIP and using it for Wi-Fi calling only with Google Voice for FREE. Then getting a cheap 'prepaid plan' to route my GV number to when I am out and about.
Wi-Fi calling is T-Mobile's excuse to get customers in areas where they have poor coverage. I live in a cell-hole. Sprint is terrible, Verizon isn't much better, T-Mo is decent and AT&T is better than average. Outdoors, Verizon, T-Mo and AT&T have great coverage. For me, AT&T would be the best choice, but pricewise, T-Mo's plans are much more affordable.
Personally, I am willing to suffer through a few dropped calls for a phone that sends SMS messages consistently, that doesn't argue with my Wi-Fi network and just plain works. I am tired of Android fragmentation, Force Closes and lockups. I've been lucky enough to test the top devices on most carriers, and honestly, even with all it's short comings, WP is the second most reliable OS I have used, next to iOS. It's far more reliable than a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, the HTC Evo 4G or Galaxy S II on Sprint, or even the BlackBerry Bold line on AT&T.
I guess what I am getting at is if your sole determining point on a device is Wi-Fi calling, you need a new carrier, not a new phone...
1. Most people who have a cellphone also have an internet connection.
2. Thanks for your suggestion of phones and other carriers.
3. Wifi calling also works outside the U.S. and while you might not have one, some of us do have a passport and travel outside the 50 states. Wifi calling makes phone calls and texts from outside the states, at no extra charge, a great experience.
4. Go ahead and route your calls through google voice and forward it to whatever number you want. I find it complicated and very unreliable. As long as you have wifi signal, wifi calling works, even if you are 30 feet below ground, where not even signal from your beloved att or verizon works.
5. I dont know where you live, but coverage always vary, and I dont really care what its like where you live. With wifi calling it doesnt matter either, since as long as you have wifi, it doesnt matter how good or bad your signal quality is.
essentially it points out that HTC's Tango app can support incoming calls when not open (as in not the app on screen) essentially proving that those who have said the wp7 platform can not support incoming voip calls for whatever reason are mistaken.
I suspect we will never see wifi calling for wp7 fingers crossed for wp8
For everyone who wants WiFi Calling on Windows Phone, let Microsoft KNOW.
Type in "T-Mobile WiFi Calling Support" and 'like' all T-Mobile/WiFi Calling related threads. This will get Microsoft's attention if we can get it into the thousands.
Just in case you missed it... Microsoft is no longer building Windows Phone 7.x features. The Radar is now on its second to last build. T-Mobile WiFi calling will be available for all Windows Phone 8 devices, but it will not be coming to WP7 devices at all. Also, in case you missed it, our WP devices are now on EOL. That means unless we upgrade our phones, we will not have any new support options after WP8 laumches this fall/winter.
There are now a few FREE AWiFi calling/video apps find Tango and Skype (which was recently purchased by MS). There's also a few 'push to talk' apps like "Hey Tell" and "Talk to Me", free as well..
In response to Waazzuppp, MS has pledged support for WP 7.5 for 18 months. The Radar, along with, at the very least, the Lumia & Samsung Focus will get the WP7.8 update this fall. Check out the 'W Phone 8' app, which shows you what your new home screen can look like after the update. I am so excited!! Cannot wait!!
Actually, Microsoft promised the 18 months of updates for Windows Phone 8 devices (the devices that will be released later this year). From http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2012/06/20/announcing-windows-phone-8.aspx:
First, Windows Phone 8 updates will be delivered wirelessly over-the-air, so you don’t have to bother plugging your phone into your PC to update anymore. Second, we will support devices with updates for at least 18 months from device launch.
The only item Microsoft has promised for existing 7.5 devices is the 7.8 update:
The new Start screen is so useful and emblematic of what Windows Phone is about that we want everybody to enjoy it. So we’ll be delivering it to existing phones as a software update sometime after Window Phone 8 is released. Let me repeat: If you currently own a Windows Phone 7.5 handset, Microsoft is planning to release an update with the new Windows Phone 8 Start screen. We’re calling it “Windows Phone 7.8.”