3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2013 9:16 PM by superkirby RSS

iPhone 5S and WiFi Calling

kbmaverick

Like many here, I have waited for the new iPhone 5S to arrive before making a decision on a new phone.  We really need to upgrade our phones to get the benefits of WiFi Calling which we don't have now.  WiFi calling is a must have for whatever new phone we select.

 

I assumed the new iPhone 5S would be capable of WiFi calling, but it appears that it is not.  Can anyone confirm this?  If not, then does anyone know if it does not have WiFi calling because of it's hardware design, or is it because of the software?  If it is software, any chance of it having WiFi capability in the future?

 

Thanks

  • 1. Re: iPhone 5S and WiFi Calling
    unclespoon

    It's a software feature that's integrated into the operating system. So far, T-Mobile has not been able to offer wifi calling on the iPhone because of the way Apple creates and distributes it's iOS. You can try something like Google Voice to get similar functionality, but T-Mobile will most likely tell you there is no ETA for integrated wifi calling on any iPhone.

  • 2. Re: iPhone 5S and WiFi Calling
    kbmaverick

    Thanks UncleSpoon.  You are absolutely correct, turns out that WiFi calling is only available on T-Mobile "branded" phones.  If you bring an unlocked phone like the Google Nexus or iPhone to T-Mobile, you will not be able to get WiFi calling. 

     

    Maybe T-Mobile can develop an app for iPhone that will give it WiFi calling capability?  We will see.  I realize that there are VOIP options such as Skype, Google Voice, Viber and Orange, but T-Mobile's WiFi calling is unique and well worth it for our particular situation.  WiFi calling would allow us to use the phone in our family's home in Brasil, just as if we were at our home in the USA.  Incredible that it is a free service!

     

    Thanks again.

  • 3. Re: iPhone 5S and WiFi Calling
    superkirby

    I agree. I hope tmo makes an app or something similar for wifi calling. I use google voice right now but i dont like that it is not my number.