T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 7.0: WiFi unleashed

Uncarrier 7T-Mobile just announced the next phase of its Uncarrier initiative, which it is calling “Wi-Fi Unleashed.” It’s all about enhanced WiFi calling, and here’s what you need to know:

  • T-Mobile’s “next generation” WiFi calling and texting can be supported in any WiFi environment, and will support a seamless handover from VoLTE to WiFi, and vice versa.
  • According to T-Mobile’s Neville Ray, “We’re lining up our OEMs, and Apple is the first one that’s going to do this with us.” While this wasn’t specifically mentioned during the Uncarrier event, I take this to mean that the WiFi/VoLTE seamless experience will be available in the iPhone 6.
  • T-Mobile says that 100% of smartphones sold in T-Mobile stores going forward will be capable of WiFi calling.
  • T-Mobile is making it easier for every T-Mobile customer to obtain a WiFi calling device by opening an exclusive enrollment window in JUMP!, so anyone can upgrade right away.
  • This next generation of WiFi calling will support HD voice calling.
  • Starting September 17, every Simple Choice customer with a broadband connection and a WiFi calling smartphone can get a free T-Mobile Personal CellSpot, with only a $25 refundable deposit. Like Sprint’s Airave, this acts as a mini-cell tower that uses your home broadband connection to deliver service. Unlike the Airave, this is also an ASUS-made router that delivers 801.11 a/c WiFi speeds comparable to a $200 router at retail.
  • Additionally, any T-Mobile customer with a WiFi calling device will be able to text in the air using Gogo in-flight WiFi, completely free of charge. Visual voicemail will also work in planes. WiFi calling, apparently, will not.

It’s unclear what this means for Nexus devices in T-Mobile stores. T-Mobile has sold both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, both of which do not support T-Mobile WiFi calling. This could spell the end of Nexus devices in T-Mobile stores, or it could indicate that – like Apple – Google will add WiFi calling support to future Nexus devices. Time will tell.

What do you think of T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 7.0 announcements?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.