AT&T will launch Wi-Fi Calling in 2015


Wi-Fi Calling isn’t a feature that’s non-existent at this point. It exists, and some carriers, like T-Mobile, even offer the feature now for many of their devices. But, thanks to a pair of events and a lot of attention, it’s surely about to take off.

According to a report published by Light Reading, AT&T will be launching its own support for Wi-Fi Calling in 2015, but no exact dates were provided. Worse, from the report it sounds like AT&T will not be supporting it as broadly as other carriers will be in the coming months:

We’re very focused on making sure it’s a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement,” he said. “We feel good about a great nationwide network with unlimited talk and text.

AT&T’s attention on Wi-Fi Calling is a far cry from T-Mobile’s, which, just recently at their Un-carrier 7.0 event, made Wi-Fi Calling and Messaging a major feature point for the wireless network from this point on. Sprint, as well, offers devices with Wi-Fi Calling support already, as does Verizon. The latter will also be putting a bigger focus on advanced options for customers, including a bigger focus on Voice-over LTE (VoLTE).

Another part of the big focus on Wi-Fi Calling (and VoLTE), is the fact that Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also support these options. When comparing networks to see which one is the best bet for you and your new iPhone, these features could be a differentiating factor depending on your area and network coverage.

[via Light Reading]