(Updated) T-Mobile Goes Official On Wi-Fi Android Calling

It’s here!! It’s finally here as T-Mobile makes Wi-Fi calling on Android officially official.  With a solution planned for a “wide selection of Android™-powered smartphones, including the recently announced new T-Mobile® myTouch® and Motorola DEFY™ with MOTOBLUR™,” this truly is an exciting opportunity for T-Mobile to differentiate their Android powered lineup. As it turns out, the service is indeed powered by the good folks at Kineto Wireless using their Smart Wi-Fi application that surfaced a few weeks back. The service will be ready out-of-the-box providing the ability to make/receive voice calls and send SMS messages from Wi-Fi access points around the globe. We’re not sure about backwards compatibility yet with devices like the Charm, Vibrant and G2 but we’ve pinged T-Mobile and await a response!

BoyGenius pinged T-Mobile on a couple of questions and received a more detailed one than we did regarding the use of minutes, though the same second paragraph was given for both our requests so we can assume this is a standard PR response.

Wi-Fi Calling for Android is built upon the same technology as UMA, but is a different implementation from our past offerings. While T-Mobile’s current Wi-Fi Calling solution which operates on BlackBerry smartphones, for instance, seamlessly hands off calls from T-Mobile’s network to Wi-Fi networks, Wi-Fi Calling for Android does not.

A pre-installed application from T-Mobile will allow customers to make and receive voice calls and SMS over an accessible Wi-Fi connection.  This provides customers with better in-door coverage and in some cases may provide the ability to make voice calls in locations where they weren’t able to do so previously.

For consumers, Wi-Fi Calling for Android increases coverage and uses voice minutes. [NOTE: calls originate on Wi-Fi, but are carried across T-Mobile’s network once beyond the initial Wi-Fi connection.]  T-Mobile also has plans for business which can help defer wireless minutes and provide cost savings.

Wi-Fi Calling will be available on the new T-Mobile myTouch, Motorola DEFY and others Android phones in the coming weeks. We are planning to expand Wi-Fi Calling for Android to as broad a selection of Android smartphones in our line-up as possible.  Éclair (2.0/2.1)  and Froyo (2.2) are the Android OS versions that currently support the application.

Just skip ahead and read the whole press release but this is exciting stuff!!!

T-Mobile Extends Wi-Fi Calling to Android Smartphones

Wi-Fi Calling To Be Available on New T-Mobile myTouch, Motorola DEFY and More

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.

Availability

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 visit http://www.T-Mobile.com for more information.

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  • JJ

    Finally YES!!! I agree Kevin I would love to see this thing on the G2!!! I can finally get my Android phone back after having to switch to a Blackberry after moving!!! :-D

    • El Guapo

      Why do you think this will be supported by the G2? Dont you think that would be mentioned in the press release? Looks like your device is already obsolete. Enjoy the next 2 years of obsolesence.

      • Tony

        It’s called enhancements. Remember the G1 when it first came out…it had no camcorder, no virtual keyboard, no accelerometer support, and no turn by turn nav, and it got all of those things with Android 1.5 and 1.6.

    • Deke218

      @El Guapo: Per the press release: We are planning to expand Wi-Fi Calling for Android to as broad a selection of Android smartphones in our line-up as possible. Éclair (2.0/2.1) and Froyo (2.2) are the Android OS versions that currently support the application.

  • TechieChicky

    Saweet! This will make my G2 all the more awesomer!!!

    • ob18

      What do you think of the G2 so far?

      • dar

        FREAKIN FAST AND FREAKIN AWESOME! think of it as a nexus one, unrooted, but awesomer lol

      • TechieChicky

        I’m diggin’ it. It’s fast and fun. I like having a keyboard so that weighs in to the decision for me. I also actually like that it’s a little heavier. It falls into my pocket or purse and I know it’s in there. It’s a good looking phone ~ not plastic-y or teenager looking. The camera and video quality are both good too.

        I’ve used a few different androids (evo, MTS, and G1) and a couple of blackberries… So far, the G2 is winning. :)

  • scott

    this is why android is a billion times better the iphone os. and this is progress to making t-mobile back on top of android like they were when they came out with the g1. i love it. t-mobiles signal isnt that good in my house not sure why? but my signal goes in and out but once i can call on wifi i will never have a problem with my phone signal this is the greatest news ever

  • mikeeeee

    GREAT!

    i want to thank t-mo news for keeping the buzz alive and then amplifying it so t-mo heard it and ran with it.

    • Anthony

      Yes, TMO made a decision for their millions of customers based on a couple dozen people complaining about it on an online forum.

  • Ab

    A rep told me yesterday in the store that this feature won’t be available for G2. She said it had to be pre-installed. Is this true? I really hope to get this feature on my new G2. UMA calling was awesome on blackberry especially while traveling overseas.

    • Nate

      I wouldn’t worry about what a rep told you. I was in a tmo store a couple weeks ago and overheard a customer asking if the G2 would have Froyo and he’s going like .. duh … I don’t know. The good folks who frequent this blog are infinitely more informed than your average tmo rep.

      • Foxeh

        He speaks the truth. When I went in to look at the G2 last week, the rep there didn’t think it even had Froyo on there until I showed him the version number in the Settings.

    • Shawn

      “planned for a wide selection of Android™-powered smartphones
      , including the recently announced new T-Mobile® myTouch® and Motorola DEFY™”

      • john

        Just a thought, could this be a small part of the delay with the vibrant update on gps? Think about it, extra time to add that much more awesomeness…

      • remixfa

        thats why i think it has been delayed

  • ogopogo

    YES!!! I can FINALLY migrate from my BB9700 to an Android device. I love Tmo. I’m so glad that I jumped from AT&T!!

  • BrianH

    David … I keep hearing conflicting info on this .. maybe you can say for sure. Will this wi-fi calling use minutes, or is there unlimited calling on wi-fi?

    • sirphunkee

      The official statement above proclaims that it WILL use minutes. Not sure if you can get more definitive than that..?

    • reddragon72

      for regular customers it pulls from minutes, but companies can get unlimited plans.

      So if you have a 700 anytime and night weekend free then that applies to both cellular use and WIFI use.

      Companies can get corporate accounts that allow unlimited WIFI minutes and pooled anytime minutes.

      • BrianH

        As I figured …. I’ve been of the belief that it used minutes, but kept seeing people here make reference to it being ‘free.’ I just wanted to be sure that THEY were the ones who were confused and not me. ;-)

  • Mike Litoris

    Well it’s about time. I gotta admit T-mobile really impressed me with this one. I’m going to be making some trips internationally pretty soon and to be able to text/call from the hotel back to the US without any charges is going to save me a ton of money. I just hope this is released very soon.

    • DC76

      You won’t be saving anything if you use this overseas. The T-Mo network had some updates recently that enable the billing side of things to catch that you are roaming in another country & bill you the roaming rates. Good try though :)

      • ManoloDF

        By definition you are not roaming internationally unless you are on that other country’s cellphone carrier. I use it constantly internationally and I have zero roaming charges. I turn off the Mobile Network as soon as I get on the plane and function only off wifi.

      • UMA Fan

        This is not true. The billing updates were for customers who made international long distance calls from WITHIN the US on wifi and weren’t being charged for it.

        T-Mobile doesn’t charge international roaming rates just to charge international roaming rates. You are charged when you are connected to a foreign cell phone tower, then that company bills t-mobile for providing you with service, which then offsets that cost to you.

        if you disable your cellular radio by putting it in flight mode on android and then connect to wifi thre’s NO WAY you can legitimately be charged for international roaming. The way some people were being charged before is when they were overseas and they had BOTH radios on and if the wifi would cut off your phone would automatically roam to the foreign cell tower without dropping your call…. and thus, international roaming charges.

        Just disable your cell radio… no international roaming.

      • reddragon72

        Actually you cannot use airplane mode if you are using a bluetooth device so be aware of that. But the WIFI application itself disable just the cell radio and turns on the wifi at the same time, the app does not actually turn on airplane mode due to the bluetooth radio. Oh and do not use this on airplanes as the flight attendants think your using the cell phone itself and will take your phone…. LOL

      • ogopogo

        This has been discussed to death. No, there is no additional charge when you are International, and use WiFi to call back to the US. YOU WILL GET BILLED if you are in the US and call internationally using WiFi.

  • Rpinazo

    Yes! This is excellent, bye bye Bold 9700. This was the last string keeping me on Blackberry……MyTouch, I patiently await you :)

  • JJ

    I dont really want the MYTouch…I hope it can come to the G2 via an OTA update since it is essentially 3rd party software.

  • Corey

    I don’t see the advantage…

    How much does Wi-Fi Calling cost?
    Wi-Fi Calling uses included minutes and has no monthly cost. Calls made via Wi-Fi Calling use regular plan minutes.

    source:
    http://support.t-mobile.com/doc/tm24195.xml

    • Cybersedan

      @Corey: The advantages are deeper coverage indoors, basements and in remote areas where coverage is not that great, not to mention roaming, go anywhere in the world, just jump on wifi and no roaming charges are incurred.

    • http://www.technothusiasts.com Josh

      It’s not really so you can make unlimited calls and such it’s so you can still use your cell phone in areas where there is spotty or no T-Mobile coverage. It would be nice if it was unlimited calls but this is definitely better than nothing. I really could care less if it takes my minutes or not personally.

    • mikeeeee

      @corey, take a ride to zip 38221.

    • Corey

      I understand now… Thanks for the clarification guys.

    • Corey

      I understand now… intended for better coverage, not free calling. Thanks for the clarification guys.

    • Roger

      I am on a 3 year old family plan where we have quaint things like MyFaves. One cool thing is that we also pay $10 a month extra and get unmetered wifi calls for all lines (ie one payment of $10 not one per line).

      They got rid of that option when introducing Even More/Plus.

      • MJ

        Will unlimited minutes be free for old hotspot @ home plans ?

      • Nate

        Best plan ever! That’s the same setup I have. UMA calls don’t use my minutes.

  • http://www.technothusiasts.com Josh

    This is something that can definitely differentiate T-Mobile from the competition. However, this seems like just a power user type of thing and a very small percentage of users would even care for it. Me? I don’t have signal at my parents house so I welcome this addition. Hopefully it comes to the Vibrant.

  • Matador

    That’s fine and dandy, and I am happy for all that want this, but I am still waiting for info on the froyo update for the vibrant

  • ob18

    Any hands on reports from posters here on the g2, I haven’t had the chance to go to a store to check it out yet myself.

  • JJ

    This is NOT a useless feature. MANY people have little to POOR coverage in the homes and workplace and this would help tremendously in that department without T-Mob having to upgrade their towers, get approvals, etc etc.

    It is much more useful than people who havent used it realize. I had to SWITCH to a BB when I moved a couple of months ago for the UMA/Wifi Calling and I hate the BB, now I can finally switch back to an Android device.

    I would love to see it on the G2 though but if I have to do the MyTouch I suppose it isnt the end of the world but would prefer the G2.

    • David, Managing Editor

      Whoever said this is a useless feature is kidding themselves and I should ban them for eternity. This is a terrific option for people in low coverage areas and is significantly more valuable than other carrier Femotcell offerings because it can be used anywhere a Wi-Fi connection is available. How is this not a GREAT feature?

      • http://tmonews.com terryjohnson16

        Worked great when I had a Blackberry Curve 8320.

      • Troy

        I totally agree! To be able to afford to make calls home to the US from overseas without worry…AWESOME!!

        Any info on if the new myTouch might be able to be a wifi hotspot, sharing its 3G/4G data connection? That would totally solidify the phone for me and T-Mobile as the coolest kid on the block! (Well, it’ll probably be my next phone anyway.)

        Thanks for this great site!

  • DavidinJax

    OMG GOODBYE BLACKBERRY… HELLO ANDROID!
    THIS MEANS I DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE FOR VERIZON!! I’M SO HAPPY I COULD CRY!
    MAN NOW I REALLY WANT A SAMSUNG VIBRANT, BUT THAT MYTOUCH HD IS LOOKIN’ KINDA HAWT.

    Forgive the caps! I had a Kanye moment

    • ob18

      Do you and the phone need some alone time?

    • nero

      I’m really happy for you, DavidinJax and I’m gonna let you finish but RIM has the best corporate integration of all time!!

      • DavidinJax

        This made me LOL, but really I stopped having my email go to my BB, for the fact that I never stopped working because of it! So I could care less about corporate integration! ;)

    • jmts80

      Dude, I know exactly how u feel! I was so sad to have to leave t-mobile and go to Verizon so I kept putting it off and now I don’t have to go, YAY!

  • Ryan

    Why would they charge me minutes when I am using my own network for the call? Dumb move.

    • Myles

      You’re only using your connection to initiate the call, after that, it still travels through T-Mobiles network to complete the call. This is so you don’t have to worry about signal strength throughout your house and work place

      • Ryan

        so then what’s the point?

      • reddragon72

        The point was clearly made Ryan. You phone will use your local WIFI router to access a series of IP address’s. These address are less then 2 hop’s outside of the internet provider you are using to reduce ping time which reduces voice lag in conversations. The IP address’s are owned and operated by the T-mobile network so your call is only on the internet for a few hop’s/seconds and then runs through the T-mobile infrastructure to get your call to it’s end destination. so in essence the only thing you are omitting from the equation is the tower itself which is basically the same thing as a WIFI router.

        Understand that your minutes are not only for the phone to the tower they are for your phone to your caller which is more then just the tower.

    • Ryan

      So again, I make my point: I am taking away resources from their tower by using my own internet connection for the call, and they are charging me minutes.

  • Tony

    Watch the good folks at XDA get this working on rooted G1s…now that will be a feat…but I don’t doubt it for a minute…we’ve already seen this demoed on the Vibrant…so I’m willing to bet that official backward compatibility goes at least as far back as the MyTouch Slide…let’s wait and see…should be interesting!

  • lakeshow

    http://www.speedtest.net/android/14645914.png
    woahh i got crazy speeds with my g2!

    • eddie

      is hspa+ available where you are? Im in chicago and my coworkers speed test hit 4000 kbs. Only one time though. After that it kept reading 1000kbs. It does show H though but not a noticable difference :/

      • lakeshow

        yea hspa is in my area. i talked to a rep about even faster speeds and she told me to expect around 14mbs by december! i hope thts true!

    • pimpstrong

      Wow thats what I get on my Laptop from my Router. Nice!

  • innerchirp

    How sweet it is!! Are there final complete specs for the myTouch HD?

  • chris

    You guys said in an earlier post that vibrant and one other phone were almost certain to get this now your saying you have no idea. What’s up

  • matt

    I thought that this was only for 2.2 devices. I think that I recall hearing that the DEFY was 2.1 maybe I am wrong.

  • Cranky Bear

    Just out of curiosity, how does this differ from making Google Voice calls? I know I should know this, but I leave it to those more informed than me. :)

    • ogopogo

      With Google Voice, you are still using your cell tower to make the call. Google then converts your call to VoIP. This is different in that it uses your home router (or WiFi spot) to make/receive the calls (cell tower is not involved).

    • Trevor

      Correct me if I am wrong but, goggle voice is mainly for international calls. It dials a local number through your cell radio so that you don’t get charged for international calls. I think.

      • ogopogo

        GV was originally designed so that you could have a single phone number to hand out to everyone (even if you changed carriers). It leverages Google’s IP backhaul network, so, calls to certain countries such as Canada are free. Not all international calls are free, but extremely cheap. Yes, it uses your radio to connect to a local number, and is then routed through Google’s IP backbone.

        You can combine Google Voice along with WiFi calling so that you can call countries such as Canada for free from your basement where you have no cell tower reception!

  • Jonathan

    Nice, I mean I already have that feature on my 9700 but its still nice to see the home team tearing it up. Nice Job TMO

  • pimpstrong

    I see there’s a gang of BB users that have been waiting for this and soon the chart will a nose dive of BB OS users.

    TMO should get a lot of new Subscriber if they can be the only one with this feature through the holidays.

  • ManoloDF

    I was concerned there for a while with this:

    providing the ability to make voice calls and send SMS from accessible Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) access points across the globe

    Since it did not say Send/Receive…. I guess that got clarified?

  • Bryanez

    I hope this lands on the G2 i mean come on this baby is a powerhouse i don’t see why they didn’t start the wifi callin with the G2 first. But regardless i hope it comes to the G2. Maybe thats why there is an absence on internal memory?..who knows. And buying my G2 today :]

  • Hamster

    I don’t understand… Kineto’s application was supposed to allow for handoffs, I thought (from everything I’ve read about it), yet this seems not to.

    • ogopogo

      That’s what I thought too. At least, that’s what the video explained. Hopefully, this is only the first iteration, and will be updated in a later release.

  • yo

    is this service and uma free?

  • Viper Matrix Wireless

    David, problem is that this feature only supports UMA voice it isnt supporting SMS/MMS, you know the entire network as a whole. I know this is great news but there is a need for more support than just Wi-Fi calling.

    • David, Managing Editor

      It says it supports SMS services, what are you talking about?

      • Viper Matrix Wireless

        They shouldnt have compared it to Skype then. Wheres MMS support?

    • Eric

      It will support sms, and you can always have them send it to your email as an attachment.

  • MarkV10

    This is way cool. Making and getting calls in my basement office is going to be great. I didn’t expect it to be free (I’ve got minutes to burn).

    I am curious about how video calls on the HD will be billed. If I make HD to PC calls (yahoo messenger or QIK) will they be charged minutes or be part of the data plan? We make skype-skype video calls to Europe frequently and it would be totally awesome to do that from a cell phone. Anyone know how that’s going to work?

  • Coolcat

    I wish they get this on Vibrant and MT3GS (at least one of them!)

  • SI

    Everyone should TWEET this article or SHARE it on facebook:

    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/06/t-mobile-gets-voip-right/

    • BrianH

      Tweeted AND shared on Facebook! Spread the word everyone!

  • mikeeeee

    a hint for all of you guys…………..

    try and run down a linksys

    WRTU54G router.

    they’re around and cheap and are so no brainer when it comes to UMA.

    • deceptivesmiles

      Yea, but for a few more bones they can get the G/N router for a stronger frequency. Not that expensive either. I have one and love it better than the 54G for the signal strength.

      UMA on the Android and the HSPA+ is makin me do the cabbage patch right now. Makin gettin the G2 in a month or so (I’m broke :\) are worth it.

  • S2D

    I called TMo yesterday asking about UMA. I was assured the G2 would get wifi calling as an OTA on 10/16. They put a note in my account to give me a few extra days on my 14 day return window if it did come to the G2. Was customer care blowing smoke?

  • EL

    Does anyone know if WiFi calling is coming to Vibrant?

    • reddragon72

      they demoed it on the Vibrant, and like I said XDA will probably be ripping the APK and making it available to all T-mobile 2.0 and up Android devices. Plus there was some speculation about this being an app on the market, and OTA, so we shall see how that turns out.

  • reddragon72

    First you know that the APK will be ripped apart by XDA as soon as they get there hands on it so any 2.0 Android phone on T-mobile will get this, :-)

    Second and this is HUGE!!! for those using this overseas, this does NOT, I repeat does NOT give you free “local” calling. What I mean is if you are in Mexico city and call a restaurant around the corner VIA WIFI calling your call will go through the internet all the way back to the states, then will be routed as normal to the number dialed which will incur international charges. WIFI calling operates on a normal bases as if you are setting right by a T-mobile tower in the US, so all rules that apply to your account for overseas calling apply even if you are overseas.

    • Frigadroid

      The best option for overseas local calling is bring your old unlocked phone (tmobile will give you the code for free so ask them anytime) then you buy a local sim card at a mall or 7/11 works great for me. I can get one months service in Thailand for less than 5 minutes using tmobile roaming. I wish tmobile had a dual sim android phone for us so you wouldn’t need to carry two phones.
      Also as stated above if you want to avoid a huge bill remember to turn off data roam and go into advance wifi settings and set it to never switch from wifi to network before you board the plane. Have a nice trip.

  • Eric

    From the information I received the wifi calling will be on the g2 after an update. It will not come in an app.

  • TJ

    If there is anything else you want to know about WiFi calling on T-Mobile android devices, reply to me and I should be able to get the information.

    • MJ

      Will this eat our minutes if we have the old “Unlimited Hotspot @ Home” calling plans?

  • JJ

    There is a complete explanation of Wifi Calling on TMob on BGR right now. See link below.

    http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/10/06/t-mobiles-android-wi-fi-calling-explained/comment-page-1/#comment-1038230

  • ctk

    so just so i completely understand this:

    i have the android data plan with a texting addition. i have no voice minutes plan, so i pay $.45 per minute every time i make a call. this option saves me no money because it still uses voice minutes (which i do not have). or at least that’s how i understand the issue. if i’m mistaken someone please straighten me out.

  • Lee

    Hey guys. Let’s demand that T-Mobile hire Tmonews. Who has better coverage and accurate analysis about magenta? Super Dave, for your diligence, I say thank you.

  • tmorep

    @ ctk – u have a data plan so this uma like feature would only help you to send or receive text in an area where you normally have poor or little coverage… this app doesnt give you free minutes it just uses ur wifi as a tmo cell tower so IF you did have minutes you could have full reception in a area where the call would usually drop…

    Go TMO for FINALLY doing this, i was starting to loose hope but i remember early Q1 one of the top dogs told us in a meeting they were going to bring something similar in Q4 and looks like this is it…

  • johngoodsir

    will this help out when sending a text also?

  • NiiDiddy

    YES UMA….finally! Come to papa… :)

  • NiiDiddy

    Warning to Blackberry users wanting to make the move to Android with UMA—-(1) This UMA does not offer unlimited talk time; it will from your minutes. (2) There’s no hand-off between cell tower and wifi. You will loose you call when out of wifi range.

    What does Android UMA Do? –Well, you get better coverage inside of your homes, offices…etc! That’s it, but its very well worth it if you coverage sucks!!!

    :)

  • Seismic Gelatin

    Just FYI, the G2 will not have this feature. the Wifi Calling program is hard coded into the ROM of the phones that feature it.

  • Will

    Nice! I just ordered the Vibrant from loyalty dept. (and they charged me $229.50 total with tax for the upgrade…anyone lucky to get it for less lol?) and now I don’t feel so bad knowing I will, in due time, have UMA calling available to me… the main reason I stayed with my Blackberry 9700

    • Reece

      You got ripped off. I got it for $150 through the loyalty department (before taxes, free shipping). And a $20 a month data plan.

      • Will

        haha you know that’s funny you mentioned that because I just got off the phone with them again and they credited my account $65 and gave me the $20 data package since I am a ‘preferred’ customer or something along those lines he said (and I NEVER asked for it either, I was completely content with my $25 data package ). I forgot to mention initially they gave me free shipping and waived my upgrade fee as well and she said if I added insurance she notated my account that my deductible will be $0.00 instead of the normal $130 (or whatever, she never told me the Vibrant’s amount) and gave me her info and rep ID: should I ever run into problems. (I know most don’t believe in the insurance but I get it for a peace of mind, esp. since it’s $0 now) They really hooked up me because my upgrade isn’t due for another 2 months.

        And like I said its funny you mentioned that because I did all of this before I even read your post lol :p

        Anyway, thanks though for sharing with me :D

  • Ben

    Great news! I have been using T-mobile UMA ever since it started. I have had to stick to Blackberry’s until now. I can wait to dump my BB Bold and buy a Android device capable of Wi-Fi calling. The signal in our area is week but due to the UMA we have excellent coverage in our house, particularly the basement. Additionally, I often travel overseas and I use my UMA to make calls through the internet. I always switch off the cell tower connection. I have a Windows 7 laptop and can set up a personal wi-fi using a LAN connection and have my UMA set up where ever there is internet connectivity, including international airports, overseas hotels.

  • abel2fresh4u

    nice job Tmo- bile and news… now waiting for mytouch pre-orders