Given the official announcement from Apple, will T-Mobile support HD Voice and Wi-Fi calling for the iPhone 5S/5C?
No. iOS 7 doesn't support wifi calling still yet. Apple has to work on the code. iPhone 5 and higher already support HD voice I believe. Calls sound different when I talk to my wife than when I talk to friends with devices that don't support HD voice.
I'm glad HD Voice is supported but unfortunate to hear about the Wi-Fi not supported. Is it really up to Apple or more like T-Mobile to work on the app for that?
Apple. T-Mobile open sourced the code. Any manufacturer that wants to support HD can do so. If it was closed source then it would be up to T-Mobile.
My guess is it will be in iOS 8 a year from now, but that is an unsubstantiated guess.
Given iOS 7 was just announced and the feature list did not include wi-fi calling, one can expect it would not be available until at least iOS 8, which is a long time away, probably about a year from now. Apple, of course, will not list or confirm any iOS 8 features until iOS 8 is announced so technically we don't know if it will ever be an iOS x feature.
I believed iOS7 would never have gotten wifi calling. Apple never to this date thrown any feature into iOS once it hits beta. When T-Mobile started selling the iPhone iOS7 was already in beta.
What a bummer, as I was finally going to dump the HTC Sensation (Android) and try the iPhone. I need wifi calling as service in and around my house is not good, so looks like this is probably out now. A shame as I like how Apple has kept their phone from becoming a "phablet".
Not that it will matter, but off to Apple site to advocate for wifi calling. Really dumb move by Apple, but guessing they are trying to protect their Facetime feature.
What does FaceTime have to do with wifi calling?
Apparently, you can use Facetime over wifi to "call" another person with Facetime. I guess I see that as very similar to wifi calling and could see Apple trying to protect that feature. Perhaps, I'm mistaken. Bottom line, no wifi calling for iPhone, probably not purchasing the 5S.
That doesn't matter. If it did then OovoO, Skype, Viber, and such wouldn't be in the App Market. Just doesn't make sense what you said in that regard.
Wifi calling isn't there simple because there is a lot of code and testing involved. Beta for iOS 7 was already released before T-Mobile sold the iPhone. This is something you want to put in during the Alpha stages and not when you are finalizing code.
FaceTime voice-only calling is their new HD voice feature. FaceTime only works among iOS and Mac OS X devices. It uses the data channel so it will use the wi-fi data channel when available. For example it will work on the iPod Touch which does not have a cellular connection.
Doesn't matter. Those apps I listed does the same thing. If Apple wanted to "protect" FaceTime then they wouldn't allow those apps in the market.
FaceTime is another Apple-only (proprietary protocol) product that works well among teens that are Apple centric. It is one of the cool Apple applications that help sell Apple hardware. The voice-only use is a kludge for HD/wi-fi audio.
Given FaceTime only works among Apple devices it is a rather limited phone system. It will help me speak to one of my colleagues that I need to talk to often who currently has poor voice quality from his iPhone 4. We both will be upgrading to iPhone 5s phones soon. Other than that I don't expect to find much use for it.
We can pray that Apple will include HD and wi-fi calling in the Phone app in iOS 8 next year.
I know exactly what it is. I am saying protecting FaceTime has no merit whatsoever as to why no wifi calling. If Apple was trying to protect it then all those apps I previously mentioned wouldn't be in the App Store. Those are completely better alternative since they are not device specific.
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