wi-fi calling

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday gave AT&T permission to begin offering Wi-Fi Calling, reports The Verge. The Commission has granted the carrier a waiver, allowing it to offer the feature without the typically-required support for TTY, a service for those with disabilities.

AT&T announced last week that it had intended to deploy Wi-Fi Calling on September 25, the day Apple launched its new iPhone 6s, but decided to delay its release until it received word from the FCC. Now that the Commission has given the green light, the feature should be available shortly.

Also worth noting is that in a statement thanking the FCC for its response, AT&T once again called for action against its competitors:

We’re grateful the FCC has granted AT&T’s waiver request so we can begin providing Wi-Fi calling. At the same time we are left scratching our heads as to why the FCC still seems intent on excusing the behavior of T-Mobile and Sprint, who have been offering these services without a waiver for quite some time. Instead of initiating enforcement action against them, or at least opening an investigation, the agency has effectively invited them to now apply for similar waivers and implied that their prior flaunting of FCC rules will be ignored. 

Introduced in iOS 8, Wi-Fi Calling allows users to place a phone call over a local Wi-Fi network instead of their wireless connection—which is particularly useful in areas with poor service. AT&T allowed several users to activate the feature and use it for most of the iOS 9 beta-testing period.

Source: The Verge

  • Nathan

    Despite the iPhone 5s able to support Wifi calling, AT&T won’t enable it for 5s users…so stupid.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      What isn’t stupid nowadays?

    • Ernie Marin

      lol and how else will they sell the feature on the 6th gen then?

      • With the other actually new features maybe?

  • Darran Tavin Hall

    It’s a shame Wi-Fi Calling is generally way worse than cell calling in a LOT of areas.

    • Manuel Molina

      Really? I felt that wifi calling was a bit better than calls from towers. It seem like a better call if the wifi was strong.

      • It is a better call. I’ve not used it but the whole point of wifi calling is that the quality is better and you can make and receive calls when your phone has a wifi connection but a weak cellular connection (or none at all).

      • Shinonuke

        You’re right. Majority of home internet is fast enough to provide great wifi calling. I have used line2, VOIP, and I can tell you that it’s great as long as the Internet can handle it. If you’re at Starbucks, then you might as well use your carrier. I can barely load emails, at least at the ones near me.

  • Tanner Wilhelm

    I believe wifi calling was introduced in iOS 8, not 9, as stated in the article.

    • Jerry

      Your right

      • Gregg

        Mine too.

      • Dennis Cimmino

        You’re right

      • Jerry

        How does your mom taste?

    • Correcto. I edited the post accordingly. Thank you

    • Montgomery Tyler

      so does that mean that people on ios 8 can use the feature?

      • Joseiscoollike

        No, not on AT&T. You must be on iOS 9 and with a compatible phone (anything after the 5S is compatible except the 5S itself.)

  • Morgan Freeman

    Whoa whoa whoa…let’s not get carried away, now! 😉

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      That was a kinda fair statement. iOS 9 is pretty cool. Though jailbroken iOS 9 is king. Mr Freeman, do a video with your voice on the best jailbreak tweaks. This would make me happy.

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Laugh Out Loud

  • Jerry

    ATT YOU SUCK!

  • pnh

    Okay, AT&T. You can flip that switch now, thank you. Hello? AT&T? Hello? Can you hear me now?

    • Zachary Sloane

      same. they got the green light so now it’ll probably take about 9 months for them to enable it

  • Glenn DolFan Baptista

    I must be blind where is the turn on and off button for it ? I’m on 8.4 Jailbreak

  • Brandon Harris

    Sorry but I’ve had wifi calling for the last 3 weeks here in Tallahassee, FL as well as VoLTE.