T-Mobile Announces Wi-fi Calling for Android

T-Mobile is confirming today what we’d been hearing: wi-fi calling for a range of the Android phones they offer. The two handsets specifically mentioned are the new myTouch and the Motorola Defy, both launching soon.

The feature, long available on T-mo’s feature phones and Blackberries, is a great help for those whose homes are in spotty coverage areas, and also can be a way to reduce the use of minutes.  It also helps T-Mobile differentiate itself from other U.S. carriers.

What do you think, is wi-fi calling an important feature that’ll help keep you on T-Mobile, or even switch to Big Pink from another carrier?

The full press release is below.

BELLEVUE, Wash. Oct. 6, 2010 T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced its continued innovation of Wi-Fi Calling technology with the upcoming availability of built-in Wi-Fi Calling solutions planned for a wide selection of Android™-powered smartphones, including the recently announced new T-Mobile® myTouch® and Motorola DEFY™ with MOTOBLUR™.

A leader in bringing innovative and easy-to-use solutions to market to enhance indoor coverage for consumers and provide cost saving for businesses, T-Mobile hosts approximately 40 million Wi-Fi calls per month, a number that has grown steadily since the company launched Wi-Fi Calling in June 2007. In addition to consumers benefiting from enhanced coverage, T-Mobile business customers – from small business to multinational corporations – have long taken advantage of the company’s Wi-Fi Calling plan offerings, enabling them to take advantage of the enhanced coverage, as well as the opportunity for reduced domestic and international minute usage, increased enterprise mobility cost savings and improved productivity benefits this solution can deliver. Currently, T-Mobile offers Wi-Fi Calling on numerous devices including the Nokia E73 Mode™, BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 and the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G.

“T-Mobile’s expansion of Wi-Fi Calling to Android smartphones is an excellent innovation, and part of our ongoing initiatives on behalf of our customers to enhance indoor coverage,” said Torrie Dorrell, vice president, connected family products and services, T-Mobile USA. “This new execution of Wi-Fi Calling technology helps us ensure that our customers’ Android-powered smartphones can keep them connected to the important people in their lives where they work, live or play.”

The implementation of Wi-Fi Calling for Android smartphones brings a new solution to a fast-growing mobile platform and broader range of smartphones for consumers and business customers.  Powered by Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application, T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi Calling for Android smartphones will be ready to use out-of-the-box, providing the ability to make voice calls and send SMS from accessible Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) access points across the globe in addition to the connectivity available through T-Mobile’s mobile network. The application will also include a tutorial for the benefit of first-time users of the feature.


Wi-Fi Calling for Android is anticipated to be available on a growing selection of T-Mobile’s Android-powered smartphones in the coming months.

The new T-Mobile myTouch is expected to be available in time for the holidays, exclusively from T-Mobile USA in four colors —white, black, plum or red. Customers can visit http://mytouch.t-mobile.com for more information.

Motorola DEFY with MOTOBLUR is expected to be available exclusively to T-Mobile USA customers in time for the holidays. For more information on Motorola DEFY with MOTOBLUR.  Customers can visithttp://www.T-Mobile.com for more information.

  • Obligatory:

    When is it coming to the Nexus One?

  • Craig

    So, yes, sending calls over wifi is great and will help people like me who have zero reception inside my apartment (despite being in an excellent coverage area) but will you also be able to _receive_ calls and texts over wifi? I don’t seem to notice a mention of that part.

    • Craig

      Nevermind, Me. I just found it on t-mo’s description of the DEFY. Yes, it’s send AND receive.

      That said, I’m very excited.

  • JS

    I have the T-Mobile UMA wifi calling $10/mo unlimited plan now using a Nokia 6300 series phone.
    …the other 3 phones in the family are Android phones. This news is good and we have been waiting for it so we can go completely Android. I understand that there may be no wifi to cell tower hand off as we have now (not a big deal) and possible airtime charges in wifi for those not subscribed to the now defunct $10/mo unlimited plan. Any indication that the grandfathered $10/mo unlimited UMA wifi calling will be extended to this new offering. Seems odd to have existing wifi callers using UMA to not be able to use an Android device to accomplish the same thing….

    • Deus Invictus

      UMA requires a hardware and a software component. UMA, while incredibly useful has never taken off the way some carriers, and providers had hoped. The way I understand it most manufacturers aren’t really willing to go out of their way to add the UMA hardware in the Android phones, they see it as an extra cost, with little selling point.

  • Leabug

    I am a little thrown that I just got a vibrant and even if I update to 2.2,i won’t be able to utilize this uma. Living in the boonies, I’m pretty much screwed if I have anemergency and my husband is not around with his blackberry. Help us out tmobile! I have never watched others with non stop service…or blackberrys with such envy!