T-Mobile G2 OTA Rolling Out, Brings WiFi Calling?

Well that was quick! Just six days after its official launch, there have been reports of a T-Mobile G2 OTA update rolling out this morning. The update is the G2’s first OTA update which reportedly enables WiFi-Calling (surprise, suprise) Mobile hotspot creation, update to the radio code (which will hopefully rectify the reception issues I’ve been having), and includes a few other fixes. We’ve yet to recieve the update on our T-Mobile G2, but if you’ve recieved the update drop us a line in the comments!


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  • johnmed3

    @Matlock the G2 is being included in the BOGO deal. I’ had upgraded to 2 vibrants. The day G2 was available I’ returned to the store and asked if I could return one of my vibrants. I’ traded it for the G@ :) !!!

    • qwertyking

      That sales rep that allowed that transaction for the G2 in a BOGO is probaly getting ripped a new one or fired. G2s are not part of BOGOs within Tmobile corporate stores.

  • johnmed3

    @Matlock the G2 is being included in the BOGO deal. I’ had upgraded to 2 vibrants. The day G2 was available I’ returned to the store and asked if I could return one of my vibrants. I’ traded it for the G2 :) !!!


    Has anyone experienced this OTA update on the G2 yet?

    • Carlos

      My phone rebooted by itself (it does that occasionally, but this time is stuck on the G2 opening screen for about 30 min…..I’m going to leave it alone…if in about an hour still stuck, then I’ll do a batt pull (man I thought those days were over…sigh!)

      • Chad

        That exact same thing happened to me. I went to grab my phone about 12am yesterday to use the Directv app to schedule something and saw it had rebooted and was stuck in a boot loop on the G2 screen, it’d be on then off like it was booting then on and off again. I just pulled the battery because I didn’t know what was happening, and I guess I interrupted the update. Oops.

      • RockTripod

        I have been seeing this happen frequently with my customers. My guess is that this happened to you when you were in a low signal area. That seems to be the most common cause. Oh, and pull the battery, its not going to recover.

      • reasy

        yep…in my office i get pretty much no signal in certain in certain spots..my phone reboots atleast 3 times a day in the office due to now service..not sure why it does that

  • david

    anyone from Boston or the north east U.S get it yet? Thanks

    • vinny

      Suburb of Boston, have not received mine yet. I am patiently waiting for it as I pound my fist thru the damn table.

    • Chad

      nah, in Pittsburgh, haven’t got mine yet either I really don’t think updates are location specific though,…. are they?

      • Chad

        also they say this is a limited release so maybe only a few will get it the first day before they loosen the flood gates, sorta like some warm up process

    • FunkmasterC

      Nothing in Sunny Central Florida either..

  • George

    the only phones you are able to get in the bogo now is the Vibrant as the first phone(ONLY) and the second (free phone) is the vibrant or one of the new samsung messaging phones ONLY
    the g2 is not part of the bogo
    you can call Care and verify this. It started today

  • http://www.infinitycodes.com infinitycodes

    The post says, “mobile hotspot creation”….does that mean teathering? If so, let me be the first to say, Hell Yea!

    • J-Hop2o6

      hell yea that’s what it means!

  • Chad

    I went to grab my phone to use the Directv app to schedule something and saw it had rebooted and was booting back up. Well, it was stuck in a boot loop on the G2 screen, it’d be on then off like it was booting, then on and off again. I just pulled the battery because I didn’t know what was happening, nor did I know about an update or see anything download prior to the boot, and I guess I interrupted the update. Oops.

    • Carlos

      dude same here….but mine had been stuck on that screen for over an hour….had enough and pulled batt…

      But as we speak it started again….

      I have been suffering from many reboots today. Maybe it has something to do with it…or maybe i just broke it….lol

  • ManoloDF

    Can anyone post or comment on how the wifi calling is working, if you turn off the mobile network and run strictly on wifi are you able to make/receive calls and texts and data flawlessly?

  • jose

    do texts work over wifi too?

    • Ray

      I think they do because I had my wifi on and still got texts so maybe? Or it was still getting it from the tmobile network. Sorry not much of a help

    • Carlos

      Not sure about Android platform, but on BB all functionality worked, internet, phone, and messages. No Issues at all….

    • RockTripod

      Yes, if you receive the OTA with the WiFi calling feature, texts will also work. However, I find all of this very dubious as T-Mo has been extremely quiet about what amounts to an amazing update. If they are doing it, my guess is that it will be to a small customer base.

  • UPSSucks

    i didnt get this….. but i want

  • Jack

    Yes text over on WIFI

  • thorax1

    PhoneDog posted pics of an updated phone with choices of “USB Tethering” and “Portable WiFi Hotspot”. I don’t mean to sound like a duh-duh-dunt but does this mean I can get on my laptop and use my phone as my hotspot? If so, that’s a spicy meat-a-ball (using my best “The Mask” voice…lol)!!! USB Tethering is great, but WiFi hotspot…even better.

    • Foxeh
      • David, Managing Editor

        Did you see the source link for that site??

      • Foxeh

        One of a few, but I felt like linking to the article that thorax1 mentioned that contained the pic that was posted by one of those XDA peeps.

        It’s like one big circle of love. <3

      • Original G1er

        So foxeh, your basically saying with this new OTA update we’ll not only get wifi calling but we’ll also get that sweet wifi tethering nectar too? Wifi tethering such as my G2 tethering to my iPad, right? RIGHT?

      • Foxeh

        I’m saying that’s what every major blog has been saying, G1er. ;) This would be perfect for an iPad user such as yourself.

    • olypdd

      Yes, you can browse the web with your laptop by using your G2 as a wifi hotspot. I use my Nexus One to do this on occasion and works great.

  • Carlos

    OK So I called TMO regarding my phone rebooting and and they basically told me that I may have a defective phone, and that they are sending a new one ASAP to me. It seems that in order for you get the OTA, you will receive a notification (similar to a message one i guess) on the notification drawer. Once you get that, then you can go ahead and do the download.

    I explained to the tech, that my phone went nuts notifying me of things that simply weren’t there before it started to reboot by itself.

    I hope that this is simply an individual device issue, not a what is going to be with this phone going forward….

    • Original G1er

      You obviously need to bring yours in first through UPS right? In order for them to ship you a new one?

      Also, you gotta be in the buyers remorse period of time to get a brand NEW phone… Or else after the buyers remorse period is up you get the refurbished ones… Eww..

      • Mike

        When a phone is released the manufacturer sends a bunch of phones set for replacement purposes… No accessories is more cost efficient.when the phone gets old like the G1 you start getting refurbs.

  • Abs

    How do I reboot G2? I got something that looked like a txt message and now my phone is frozen

  • HD2/Vibrant/G2 User

    I thought I was safe from the rebooting bug but my phone just rebooted wtf??????? Is anybody elses doing that randomly?

    • Original G1er

      Yes. Here and there… Maybe once every other day..

    • A.minor

      Mine does… I’m hoping an update will fix that

  • Kevin

    TMobile rep told me to dial *#*#2432546#*#*

    I GOT IT!!!! it was a quick update, loving the wifi calling!! awesome! going to try wifi modem now!

    • Foxeh

      Those numbers spell “checkin” on the dial pad. I tried it, got “checkin succeeded,” but it seems I’m not eligible for the update quite yet, I’m afraid.

    • Josh

      just dial that number or do i put my area code in?

      • Towle

        Put it in exactly like he wrote. With the symbols

    • funkmaskter c

      Tried it as well – same result – no OTA yet.. oh well – hopefully I will get it soon!

    • Tony

      all it gave me was checking successful, should i start downloading right away, or did it take awhile for the ota to start downloading?

    • 16309A

      You got it huh? You got the update that TMobile said isn’t out. That’s one hell of a phone you have!

  • patrick

    can someone confirm the mobile hotspot? im getting my phone from ups tomorrow and i want to knoowww! what are the settings like?

  • Edward Kim

    I just talked to a Tmobile store manager here in Irvine, California and he said that the update will be out officially in a month or so but the hotspotting and tethering will be available for a fee like other carriers. He said that wired tethering can be worked around by PDAnet.

    • Want2CBetter

      And you believe this store manager???

      • Carlos

        +1 on this one….they are typically the last to know…if they know anything at all…

  • Tony

    will this feature work abroad? extra charge for roaming? =)))

  • g2 question

    i know this is a little off topic but i have a question for the g2 owners im thinking about upgrading to the g2 but i wanna know can you upload pics to craigslist straight from the browser? this is a dealbreaker for me if it cannot .

    • ALEX

      Yes. Fersure

  • Bells

    I had an app on my moto cliq called “IChristianCircle” (my FAVORITE app) now I can’t find it ANYWHERE on the G2…does anyone know anything about that? Like I was able to find every other app that I had, except that one!?!? Any info would help :)

  • Jayson

    The OTA is bogus and I don’t believe anyone has really got it.

  • Daniel

    Just got it today! woohoo