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AT&T pushes back Wi-Fi calling to 2015
Both T-Mobile and Sprint have recently announced their Wi-Fi calling initiatives. T-Mobile has enabled Wi-Fi calling and texting for every Simple Choice customer on every new smartphone sold while Sprint is offering Wi-Fi calling on a select number of devices including the Samsung Galaxy Mega, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4.
Now, AT&T is announcing that they will start offering Wi-Fi calling in 2015 but only as a complement to voice-over-LTE and 3G voice. Considering AT&T’s volume of unlicensed spectrum, it seems a bit odd that this feature has not come sooner.
“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.” – Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T’s Mobile and Business Solutions group
According to Vega, AT&T is not interested in fighting T-Mobile with Wi-Fi calling because they don’t feel as if they need to enter such a competition. Wi-Fi calling allows users to take advantage of home or office Wi-Fi connections to improve call quality.