The iOS 8 is going to have bunch of interesting features in it. One underrated out of all is Wi-FI calling. T-Mobile and EE are the mobile carriers who have forwarded their support to this new feature. Surprisingly, the other major carrier, AT&T has said that it does not have any plans to support this feature anytime soon, not until 2015, to be precise.
Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T, does not find it an urgent need to support the Wi-Fi calling feature, says the report of LightReading. In Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, Ralph said that they will add this feature in 2015 only. This feature will be added as compliment to VoLTE and 3G voice. Here are his words on it:
“We’re very focused on making sure it’s a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement. We feel good about a great nationwide network with unlimited talk and text.”
Wi-Fi calling feature has been touted as great way to save on minutes by im Cook and T-Mobile CEO John Legere. As per De la Vega, AT&T is willing to bring this feature, but before it makes it available, company wants to ensure the quality and some other checks. Company does not want its customers to experience any bad quality or drop calls during the use. AT&T wants to put a temporary stop on this feature for now just for offering high-end quality.
As a part of Un-carrier 7.0 launch, T-Mobile has provided support for Wi-Fi calling. The company has called it as best way to make calls where LTE signals are weak and people experience bad quality.
Wi-Fi calling is indeed going to be an interesting feature in iOS 8. It may bring revolution in the mobile calling world. Let’s see what response it gets from Apple fans living worldwide.