Wi-Fi Calling Coming to T-Mobile's Android Phones
Wireless carrier T-Mobile is expected to add a new feature on its Android-based smartphones, namely Wi-Fi calling. At least two new devices at the wireless carrier are expected to come with the feature enabled, including the T-Mobile G2 and Optimus One, the latest reports on the matter suggest.According to some leaked screenshots of internal documents from the wireless carrier, there will be a Wi-Fi Calling application included in some of the upcoming handsets at T-Mobile, though it seems that not all of them will receive it.
Android devices do not sport UMA or Wi-Fi calling services at the moment, but the time when they will do so is near, it seems.
The guys over at TmoNews came up with the aforementioned shots, which confirm that this functionality will be included in the T-Mobile G2 and the LG Optimus One, though it seems that nothing has been confirmed officially for the time being.
Moreover, T-Mobile's official position on this is that, while G2 won't come with tethering and Wi-Fi sharing right from the start, the company plans on adding support for these features soon.
“T-Mobile does not currently support handset tethering or offer a tethering rate plan,” the operator commented.
"Though tethering and Wi-Fi sharing will not be initially supported on the T-Mobile G2, we know that consumers are interested in these features and we are working to develop a solution to support them in the future,” the carrier added.
However, the said leaked screen shot states that Wi-Fi calling will indeed come to T-Mobile's Android phones, though with a series of limitations.
Among them, we can count the fact that, as soon as one exits the Wi-Fi coverage area, the call is dropped.
One way or the other, it still remains to be seen when would T-Mobile plan on announcing the move officially, and what the feature will actually involve, so keep an eye on this space for more.