Wi-Fi Calling Coming To The Galaxy S II, Amaze 4G On November 13th

From the moment the Galaxy S II and HTC Amaze 4G hit store shelves there was a lot of unanswered questions about Wi-Fi calling. Was it available or not available? Was it locked on the phone requiring an update to unlock? Was Wi-Fi calling no longer coming pre-installed on Android devices? As it turns out, the capability is there but the feature isn’t. The good news is we’ve got a solid answer on when exactly Wi-Fi calling will be ready for both of these premiere T-Mobile devices: November 13th.

We’re not 100% sure as to reason why Wi-Fi calling wasn’t enabled from the start but we can say with a measure of certainty that a specialized SIM card is required to ensure Wi-Fi calling works post November 13th. We should preface this and say that in order for this feature to work, you’ll likely have already used the SIM card that came with your Galaxy S II or Amaze 4G.  If you pre-ordered or purchased in store you need to ensure that your phone has the “GBA SIM card” which came with the device at the time of ordering. If not, I’m sure a quick trip to a T-Mobile retail location can rectify the problem. You don’t have to rush however as anytime between now and November 12th would be good.

Assuming your phone is ready with the “GBA SIM card,” come November 13th you’ll be good-to-go with Wi-Fi calling on both the Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G. So there you have it, while it’s been a little bit of a mystery regarding Wi-Fi calling, we have our answer and we do like answers.

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  • Tigy888

    Yess! I just got the Galaxy S2 and November 13th is my birthday!

  • Tran

    how do you know which sim card you have?

  • Tran

    how do you know which sim card you have?

  • Tran

    how do you know which sim card you have?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Look at your SIM card, does it say “9177″ on it?

      • Tran

        no mine says TM9073

      • Tran

        do the stores have the new sim card? 9177?

        • Anonymous

          yes. we got huge shipments in. They have a picture of a guy and a girl holding up a device. 

        • Anonymous

          yes. we got huge shipments in. They have a picture of a guy and a girl holding up a device. 

  • Kitpogi

    Oh yeah!…that’s what’s up!

  • Fchambers

    The Sim cards have to have the code tm9177. It’s on the side with the actual chip, and it will be a different wifi calling, not the same as with the original Galaxy.

  • KWB

    Got my Amaze via instore purchase.  But the SIM card looks exactly like the one that I have in my Bold 9700. The salesman said that I couldn’t use my current SIM from the BB in the new Amaze (got that one back), but not sure if he used the one that came with the phone (assume he did).

  • Oce

    My new GSII comes tomorrow!!  Hey David, do you or anybody know what’s going to be different about the new wifi calling feature?  I hope it’s more like the uma calling available on the Blackberrys.  This would really help me out at work.  The uma feature works with our wireless network but the wifi calling doesn’t.

  • Anonymous

    Is there anything else that T-Mobile limits based on the version of SIM?

  • Anonymous

    Is there anything else that T-Mobile limits based on the version of SIM?

    • userofphones

      I learned a while ago that you can’t swap a T-Mo SIM from a phone into a tablet. It makes no sense to me… I have a full unlimited data SIM for my phone, but the tablet tells me I need a tablet-approved SIM. Data should be data. Very annoying.

      • Anonymous

        Is this an unlocked tablet? or did it come from T-Mobile?

        Thanks for the info.

      • Anonymous

        Is this an unlocked tablet? or did it come from T-Mobile?

        Thanks for the info.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Matthews/100000189923615 James Matthews

    How ’bout some WiFi calling for the HD7 T-Mobile?

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I’m wondering about this one.  Hopefully the Nexus comes to Tmobile because alot of you want it pretty badly but it seems kinda grim as of now with Verizon opting out of the GS2 for this (But we all know Nexus started on Tmobile but so did Android and you see who made Android Popular – Verizon unfortunately).  We shall see though tonight at the respected times of the Live show.  Here’s hoping for the Prime to be on Tmo because it is an awesomely spec’d phone.   The design can use some updating though.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I’m wondering about this one.  Hopefully the Nexus comes to Tmobile because alot of you want it pretty badly but it seems kinda grim as of now with Verizon opting out of the GS2 for this (But we all know Nexus started on Tmobile but so did Android and you see who made Android Popular – Verizon unfortunately).  We shall see though tonight at the respected times of the Live show.  Here’s hoping for the Prime to be on Tmo because it is an awesomely spec’d phone.   The design can use some updating though.

  • bababe1529

    I wonder if that’s y my g2x wifi calling doesn’t work. Because my old sim card work but after changing it it doesn’t work.

  • daghost

    Question #1 answered.  Thanks David.  Question #2 and perhaps the most important question: has Tmobile disabled the free tethering on these and/or future phones?  David, or anyone else, can you answer that question?  I havent received a definitive answer on that yet.  Thanks.

    • tmo rep

      Tethering was never free, it’s 14.99 a month.  A lot of people have been able to use the feature for free.  Some people have got the upsell message.  If you have it for free, enjoy it.  I’m sure we will be cracking down more and more as time passes. 

      • tmo rep

        I meant it was never free when android 2.2 dropped.

        • daghost

          i heard of that charge before but i have been using it for free on my g2x which came with froyo.  Even when i did the update to gingerbread, it didn’t affect it.

        • Anonymous

          Ive been using it for free too… Dont see why I should pay extra for it. It shouldnt cost more if i view facebook on my phone or on my computer… data is data.

        • Josh Gordon

          i haven’t been able to use tethering for free on the s2. i activated the $14.99 plan, an it started working right away. 

      • tmo rep

        I meant it was never free when android 2.2 dropped.

    • guy

      the biggest problem here is that you cannot use the phones data while teathering

  • Aaa

    Is wifi calling included in the prepaid plans?

  • Aaa

    Is wifi calling included in the prepaid plans?

  • Ash

    If you look up gba and Sim cards you’ll see together they make for a secure authentication process. While its not UMA hardware like blackberries this can definitely change things up a bit. I always assumed the gba was going to be used somehow with the nfc chip and Isis.

  • Meagan

    I thought there were peeps here who said they are currently using their WiFi Calling on their Amaze & GS2.  Were they just trolling?  What’s going to be different November 13th?

  • Meagan

    I thought there were peeps here who said they are currently using their WiFi Calling on their Amaze & GS2.  Were they just trolling?  What’s going to be different November 13th?

    • Nearmsp

      You are correct. I read a few “reviews” of the GS2 on the T-mobile web site too! That really shook my confidence in buying this based on the reviewers who had used the “new” UMA!

      • Josh Gordon

        There’s a difference between wifi calling via third party apps (Skype, google voice) and wifi calling for for tmobiles own network. The former was possible, the latter not. But it seams come Nov 13, both will.  

    • Evos469

      I’m not trolling. I’ve been using wifi calling on my GSII since I bought it last week but I’m on the old school unlimited plan.

    • Ryan

      Well, the early software for the Amaze did have WiFi calling, which was removed in a software update.  My Amaze came with the updated software, so no WiFi Calling for me.  So some people who had the Amaze may have had WiFi calling working, but I’m very skeptical of SGS2 claims of WiFi calling.  My gut tells me they didn’t do my test of putting the phone in airplane mode (disabling all radios), then turning on just wifi, and then making a call.  Methinks that would not have worked.

  • Meagan

    I thought there were peeps here who said they are currently using their WiFi Calling on their Amaze & GS2.  Were they just trolling?  What’s going to be different November 13th?

  • Meagan

    I thought there were peeps here who said they are currently using their WiFi Calling on their Amaze & GS2.  Were they just trolling?  What’s going to be different November 13th?

  • Anonymous

    Good news! Thanks for clarifying this finally. Now lets wish for Wifi calling on WP7 devices…

  • Anonymous

    Good news! Thanks for clarifying this finally. Now lets wish for Wifi calling on WP7 devices…

  • Davenycept

    I’m glad..wifi calling its very convenient.. Hey can the amaze save internet video (not youtube videos) to the internal memory like the vibrant??

  • Jack

    To anyone on here asking about the HD7 wifi calling…..its not going to happen at this point, and T-Mobile is not the one to blame there. Microsoft did not include it in Windows phone 7.

    As for the wifi calling…after the 13th, there will be two versions of wifi calling. Still no handover for Android, but you won’t really see the difference. Just diff sim. The new sims are backwards compatiable with the old version. You do need the new sim for the GSII and amaze at this point. Plus, those new sims can store I think 508 contacts now, and each contact has 3# and an email.

    • Anonymous

      So do I need a new sim for the G2?

  • Anonymous

    Can we get a look at what the new sim cards look like so we can verify that we have the right ones?

    • MIKEEEEE

      when i got my DEFY last november i used my old sim card. worked ok for a little while. then it dint so i switched to the new one that came with it and it works fine.

      if the merge goes through and they dump wifi calling they lose me.

      i aint buying no new device ’til all the dust settles from the ‘merge’.

  • Bambi

    This is some real good news right here..My GS2 is being delivered today via UPS, I am using the 1st generation vibrant and updated to 2.2 froyo which included WiFi calling, working in the er, service is spotty but WiFi calling easily fix that, I so wanted the GS2 but without WiFi calling it just seam useless but I was willing to wait for a software update, the end of November is no time WOoHOo!!!

  • Bambi

    This is some real good news right here..My GS2 is being delivered today via UPS, I am using the 1st generation vibrant and updated to 2.2 froyo which included WiFi calling, working in the er, service is spotty but WiFi calling easily fix that, I so wanted the GS2 but without WiFi calling it just seam useless but I was willing to wait for a software update, the end of November is no time WOoHOo!!!

  • http://twitter.com/metekamil Mete Kamil

    If you use an older sim card with this phone, you’ll find that it will get VERY hot and the battery life will drain FAST! …   I found this out while updating my sim card because the manual says you need the new sim card for wifi :) ….  Even though I need to wait till November glad I got the newer sim card! :) 

  • ssq

    Anyone know if the wifi calling would work on a different carrier (in Canada)? Or would I have to wait for Nov 13? Still waiting for my phone to get delivered…

    • TmoRep

      you can use it to make FREE calls back to the US while roaming n any country. you just have to make sure you have the “WiFi calling is active” icon in the notification bar. and of course you have to wait until its enabled on the sgs2

  • Josh Gordon

    Thanks a bunch for the clarification, David! Was just about to return the phone tomorrow before the 14-day remorse period ends, and you save the day. Hmm, if only Samsung and T-mobile would learn something from you about communicating with clients. Now there’s a thought. 

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Glad to help Josh!

      • DC

        Ditto here.  I have always been really happy with T-Mobile’s customer service, but after being assured that wi-fi calling was in there and active; I was very disappointed.  Even after showing them in the manual that the feature is documented, but the phone didn’t have the menu options, they still insisted that it was there.  It’s always encouraging when I know more than the sales people.  I travel overseas a lot and the wi-fi calling is a huge $$$ saver and like with Josh, a dealbreaker if it weren’t to be available soon. 

  • Anonymous

    I received my two Amaze 4G phones today. Will WiFi calling just “work” on Nov 13th or will I have to run some type of update? For some reason we have very low signal in our home so we are counting on having this feature.

    Will we be able to receive calls over WiFi as well? Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/ankitsmells Ankit S.

    Will this also allow sending SMS through wifi as well?

    • Anonymous

      Nope.

    • Daniel Jones

      Wi-Fi Calling (UMA) allows for sending and receiving SMS as well.

  • Brian Richards

    Is this date still solid? I really need this feature.

  • Rayfin

    guess there pulling the wool over our eyes again.  VZ its x to switch to the lesser of 4 evils. thanks for the lies Tmo

    • http://tmonews.com David

      T-Mobile didn’t lie, we had this intel over almost a month ago. Perhaps the date changed. 

  • Austinb052475

    Well it is November 13th and no software update!

    • Dennis Morales

      I was Just about to say the same thing Im wondering if it will come as an ota update or what

  • Jimmy

    WHERE IS THE UPDATE? 

  • Meagan

    If you’re still within your return policy date, you may want to start filming your re-boxing video…

    I have a MT4G and still waiting for a OTA Gingerbread update.

    • Guest

      If you don’t receive your update OTA, you can bring your device to a T-Mobile corporate location to get the update.

      • Biancakensington

        Not true. I’ve called or went into four stores and they either haven’t heard of doing the update or can’t because…… (insert excuse).

        • Skeems

          Because it is an ota update. You think the rep at the T-Mo store has some kind of magic little update button that they don’t want to share with you or something?

        • Mysupra97tt

          We don’t have the tools or resources to do updates for customers in the stores.  For some reason, customer care tells customers to come in and we will be able to update their phone…….. 

    • Rudy Ramirez

      I am a Tmobile RSA and you should  be able to go into a corporate store and get the update.  My store has been doing updates since late August.  If you go on Tmobile.com and look up stores near your area, you will know if you are looking at a corporate store if there is a 4 digit Store ID number.  Call them and make sure they have the SD card.  And make sure they remove your SIM card before doing the update.. because having the SIM card in the phone while updating can cause much problems.  

  • MajorLaser

    I smell a OccupyTmoBS a brewing…

  • Anonymous

    UPDATE!!!It’s coming in early january!

    • Juanc212

      Where did you hear early January???

      • DC

        If this is true, I am going to be a very angry longtime T-Mobile customer.

        • Guest

          zen2k, please provide the source of your information.

  • Anh Pham

    I am choosing between Verizon and T-Mobile and the wifi-calling in T-mobile made me to choose side. I am waiting until this day to make my decision but look like can not wait any longer. Sorry T-mobile i have to go to Verizon store now.

  • Sweetnbeefy

    It seems awful strange that they would release an update on a sunday. Where did this date come from?

  • Brian Richards

    Tmonews.com, you need to explain what happened here. You’re credibility is taking a hit here. Big time. I kept this phone because I trusted you. You got some ‘splainin to do here.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      So let me get this right? You’re mad at us for providing a date that didn’t happen? This date was never official and this is the nature of leaks and updates. T-Mobile never promised this, never acknowledged this and never advised us on this so you’re mad at us because the date didn’t happen. You shouldn’t be ungrateful for receiving information early and then forgetting how possible it is that information might not pan out. We’re right more often than we’re wrong so I don’t think our credibility will suffer at all because of this.

      This happens.

      • Vyas

        I hear Tmobile will have a new phone that can brew coffee on your drive in to the office… that coming from some random person has little meaning but with you giving definitive dates an actual date stated does give you a little more credibility.

      • Sam M

        David, I hope you dont speak like that and think your representing ANYONE. A voice like yours is better off silenced …Perminantly!

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I don’t represent anyone. However, people need to direct their anger and their frustration in the right direction. Blaming me for trying to help isn’t helpful. You wouldn’t like it if people made direct accusations your way, so try not to stand on some soapbox telling me I’m a bad person for trying to explain myself.

  • ptriv

    A CSR told me that it would possibly come in new year but he can not commit. Don’t know if this is correct. Anyone having better news? :-(

  • mjr80

    I just spoke with tech support and I was told, November for sure, but no solid date…

  • Billy

    Tmobile never “officially” stated that NOV 13th was going to be the date for updates.  I’m telling friends to avoid the Amaze and SG2 for now, if they think they really want the WiFi Calling feature.

    • Bndehart

      Yes, they did say officially that Nov 13th was the release date for this to work. I confirmed it through several company reps…..

  • Anonymous

    I spoke to T-Mobile customer care, they said the GS2 is definitely getting wifi calling however there is no date actually available for the feature. The only information they could find was that there will be a small software update allowing wifi calling and it will be IMS based not UMA or GAN based. Everything will be OTA. Also in case your wondering if you have the right SIM card, on the back where the gold contacts are it will have “TM9177″ printed on it. I also verified this info with a retail store manager who’s yet to steer me wrong in the 6yrs I’ve had T-Mobile. I guess its either root and force the old app on or just wait…

  • http://twitter.com/dougsylvia Doug Sylvia

    Went to the store today (which showed me an email stating nov 13th for the update) and all they could tell me was that it was pushed back.  The let me return the SGS2 even though I had it for 32 days and waived all the fees.  I switched back to by BB bold while deciding what to do.  Got home just looked on Tmobile.com and the SGS2 and the AMAZE are NOW LISTED AS WIFI CALLING PHONES!…  guess I go back tomorrow and buy it again if anyone can confirm wifi calling working on it

  • Anonymous

    Strange, I’m on a trip to Germany as soon as landed I got a pop up message on the Amaze. The message was something like…. “You must have the latest SIM card from your TMobile Deale or WiFI calling wont work”.  So this was on the 13th and I thought wahoo I am in!  But I still don’t see any wifi calling.  My dealer assured me this was the right sim card.  I cant recreate the message it was not as a text it seemed to come from the phone as a pop up.  So at least I think I can maybe verify that there is sort of a feature coming.  Does anyone know where I might look to find the feature on the off chance it is activated on my phone ?

    • Billy

      To all peeps, snap a sceen shot with your digital camera, or a friends mobile that next time a screen pops up like this.  That way you can share it with everyone later.