Blackberry Bold 9900 Receiving Wi-Fi Calling In November?

The Blackberry Bold 9900 was introduced without the UMA Wi-Fi calling feature which had long been a staple part of T-Mobile’s Blackberry lineup. The lack of the Wi-Fi calling feature has often been discussed by many TmoNews’ readers as the reason for passing up the purchase of the 9900 was the lack of this is a must-have feature. Well good news as CIO.com is reporting that a November update to the Bold 9900 will include Wi-Fi calling functionality.

            From T-Mobile PR representative Kevin Wren:

  • A maintenance release from RIM is expected for the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900 in November 2011. That update will include Wi-Fi Calling functionality
  • With the update, the Bold 9900 will have Wi-Fi Calling performance and benefits similar to T-Mobile’s other Wi-Fi Calling-enabled BlackBerry devices.

While the last bullet point has us asking what exactly is different about the Bold 9900 Wi-Fi calling leading to the choice verbiage calling the “benefits similar to” other Blackberry devices on the Magenta network. No matter what the difference may be this is excellent news for Blackberry Bold 9900 owners waiting and hoping for this feature.

CIO.com

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  • Bob Barker

    I’m guessing rather than UMA it’s going to run the T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling that Android devices use (or a similar version) .

    • Jaygqitalia

      Which sucks considering i always lose UMA and go to edge for a few mins when on a call for a long time. Now the call will be disconnected

      • Stu Pedasso

        Does anyone knows if the UMA feature, even if software based, will have SMS as well?

  • Bob Barker

    I’m guessing rather than UMA it’s going to run the T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling that Android devices use (or a similar version) .

  • Bob Barker

    I’m guessing rather than UMA it’s going to run the T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling that Android devices use (or a similar version) .

  • Sarahp

    thought you add uma like you can to the blackberry torch when you use it on t-mobile

    • Sarap

      thought you could* add uma like you can to the blackberry torch when you use it on t-mobile

      • clint battle

        any news on the hotspot feature?

    • Brian

      UMA is a chipbased (hardware) voip/wifi calling.  The UMA chipset was not installed in the 9900 so it can’t do actual UMA.  They will use a android like Wifi software that does sound ALOT less clear than hardware UMA.

      • Stu Pedasso

        Any sense on the performance of SMS on this software based UMA?

      • vlahos

        what a bummer   cam also sucks on this phone 

    • Biranb

      The new torch coming to Tmobile or the rim 9810 already has UMA on it.  If you are activated UMA on an AT&T phone it is because RIM left it inactive on their phone but he hardware is still there.  There is no UMA hardware on the 9900.

  • Tom29

    Androids use the software WiFi version which sucks (I have a Sensation). My Bold 9700 has the firmware-based UMA which is excellent..(both voice quality/signal strenght and DOES transfer wifi calls to cell signal when walking out the door). If they are adding a “software UMA” POS, no thanks, I pass..  

  • Tom29

    Androids use the software WiFi version which sucks (I have a Sensation). My Bold 9700 has the firmware-based UMA which is excellent..(both voice quality/signal strenght and DOES transfer wifi calls to cell signal when walking out the door). If they are adding a “software UMA” POS, no thanks, I pass..  

  • Bthoefer

    The 9900 will run WiFi calling similar to what is available now on Android devices. it Will Not have UMA like past blackberries (and the 9360).  Meaning no hand off between cell and WiFi networks.

    UMA requires different hardware in addition to software, while WiFi calling is a software only solution. The 9900 uses the same single core Snapdragon chipset as the Mytouch 4g.

  • TMoRep123

    They’ll still sit on the shelves…our store hasn’t sold one yet. The price is what scares ppl

    • Cashman

      I find that hard to believe. If thats true, then your store must not sell more than 50 phones a month then

  • TMO D1

    Not about UMA but … I am glad to report that the AWS / 4G bands worked actually flawlessly in Europe as far as I can tell. While I had 3G service in Amsterdam consistently on T- Mobile Netherlands I noticed in Berlin 4G was occasionally available on TMO. 3G was constantly available in Hannover, Braunscheig and throughout Berlin on T-Mobile Deutschland. Paired with BB unlimited international email this was the way to go. So the overlap of the 1700/2100 bands with the European network is now a huge plus for me. AT&T iphone users at the Hannover fair gounds confirmed only 2 G service. Question remains why should a German Telekom iPhone not work on 4G here if my BB9900 did work there for sure on 3G at least?

  • TMO D1

    Not about UMA but … I am glad to report that the AWS / 4G bands worked actually flawlessly in Europe as far as I can tell. While I had 3G service in Amsterdam consistently on T- Mobile Netherlands I noticed in Berlin 4G was occasionally available on TMO. 3G was constantly available in Hannover, Braunscheig and throughout Berlin on T-Mobile Deutschland. Paired with BB unlimited international email this was the way to go. So the overlap of the 1700/2100 bands with the European network is now a huge plus for me. AT&T iphone users at the Hannover fair gounds confirmed only 2 G service. Question remains why should a German Telekom iPhone not work on 4G here if my BB9900 did work there for sure on 3G at least?

  • Brianb

    The 9810 or Tmobile version of the Torch is coming out in November.  It is a better phone with UMA on it already.  Full HARDWARE UMA.

    • http://twitter.com/TheRealKeNNethX Ken Humphlett

      How do you know that the 9810 has UMA?  I really want a 9810 but won’t get one without WiFi Calling or UMA.  What is your confirmation?

  • http://www.volkswagen.de Michael

    Sad this phone didn’t come with with built-in UMA hardware. The Android Wi-Fi calling apk by Kineto sucks as it doesn’t hand off from Wi-Fi over to TMO’s network :( (crosses fingers for a hardware update, lol)

  • Afrozepher

    Well. . .it’s the end of November. . .

  • TheHappyCamper

    Well… It’s already December 2nd. We’re still waiting with our fingers crossed

  • Amandam223

    What’s going on? I just got the phone and its almost jan and still no wifi calling??