There’s a sentence to make any T-Mobile fan skip a beat: Wi-Fi calling is an upcoming feature within iOS 8. Although it wasn’t among the main, highlighted features at the WWDC 2014 opening keynote, it was shown as a feature in the overview screenshot shown above.
Exactly how Wi-Fi calling will be implemented is yet to be seen. It’s very unlikely that T-Mobile phones will come preloaded with an app, or even a downloadable T-Mobile app from the App Store. If I had to guess, I’d assume it was a feature you could access from the Settings connectivity options. And – of course – there’s no guaranteed that T-Mobile iPhones in the US will have the feature enabled. But, the very fact that it’s going to be possible from iOS 8 devices is enough to get us salivating.
As for the rest of iOS 8’s improvements and main headline features, check out my roundup post from earlier.
Well, that didn’t take long! Mike Sievert just published a new blog post at the usual location, stating that T-Mobile would soon be able to welcome iPhone users to its Wi-Fi calling group.
“…with the news coming out of Apple’s keynote today that Wi-Fi Calling will be enabled with iOS 8 – I’m excited to welcome our iPhone customers to the convenience and ease of T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling as well.
When that happens, over 90 percent of all T-Mobile smartphones will feature Wi-Fi Calling. “
Exactly how that’s going to look, I’m not sure. But, I’ll try to find out.