T-Mobile says no Wi-Fi Calling on the Nexus 4, yet still posts directions on how to set it up
T-Mobile had previously announced the upcoming availability of the LG Nexus 4. That announcement came with a bit of not so great news. For example, those buying the Nexus 4 from Google Play would have to spend $349, however those shopping with T-Mobile would have to pay $199 (on-contract) or $499 (off-contract). But pricing aside, previous leaked documents suggested that the carrier was not going to offer support for Wi-Fi Calling.
For those not as familiar with Wi-Fi Calling, this is a feature that will come in especially handy if your home has spotty coverage. In short, Wi-Fi Calling allows you to make calls over your home wireless network as opposed to using the cellular network.
That aside though, T-Mobile seems to have added some confusion here. While we were not doubting those leaked documents before, there may be some question now. These latest details come by way of a support document for the LG Nexus 4. In short, they offer details on how to set up Wi-Fi Calling. Anyway, this could mean one of two things — either those original leaked docs were wrong and the Nexus 4 will have Wi-Fi Calling available or that this support document has some incorrect bits. Our take, either seems just as likely.
Bottom line here, assuming the Nexus 4 does not offer Wi-Fi Calling, we stand by our previous suggestion of getting the handset from Google Play. After all, that is only $100 more expensive and you will not have any contract on that. Seems like a $100 well spent. Plus, you can opt to use Straight Talk (on the T-Mobile network) and end up paying only $45 per month.