iOS 8 beta 5 released to devs with “T-Mobile Wi-Fi” indicator for Wi-Fi calling


A couple of hours ago, Apple made the 5th beta version of iOS 8 available to registered developers. Among some of the minor changes is something most T-Mo customers will hope remains in the final release later this year: A Wi-Fi calling indicator.

With previous beta versions (3 & 4), although Wi-Fi calling was possible for T-Mobile subscribers, there was no easy way to tell if you were using the service or just using a regular cellular connection. Now, Apple’s made it much easier to tell. A new “T-Mobile Wi-Fi” indicator (above) appears in the status bar to leave you in no doubt.

As with any beta version, things can be removed or changed between now and the public version that’s coming this fall. But – in most instances – any new additions are kept. So there’s a very good chance you’ll have a simple indicator to keep you informed when you update to iOS 8 in October.

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  • Wilfredo Martinez

    Is there any info on support for the iPhone 5? I know the iPhone 5S and 5C is supported but what about the 5?

    • Adrayven

      Fairly sure WiFi calling is in iPhone 5.. it’s a software thing.. not hardware.

      • Shuang Li

        But on IOS8 bet 3 and 4. This function is exclusive for iphone 5s/c.
        Has anyone tested iphone 5 with beta 5 yet ?

        • Ĵϵṟϵṃψ Ψαñ

          Its not on iPhone 5.

        • BillSmitty

          Is there a hardware reason for this? Will suck if not avail for the iPhone 5, unless it’s a specific hardware limitation. Any idea?

        • Volker

          No idea…. I have a 64gig iPhone 5. From my understanding, iPhone 5c uses the exact same internals as iPhone 5 so if it’s restricted to 5s/5c it’s just Apple being Apple. I bet it will be rolled out to iPhone 5 once beta is over though.

        • dm33

          I think apple is trying to upsell. The iPhone 5 is more than capable.

        • UMA_Fan

          Right and isn’t the 5c basically the 5?

        • dm33

          Yes, as others have mentioned the 5C is the 5 with a plastic case. Apple is going out of their way to make it not work on the 5.

        • gentleman559

          Yes and it doesn’t appear in the options.

      • notyourbusiness

        It’s not. One of my best friends has the T-Mo iPhone 5 and she says there’s no Wi-Fi calling on it.

        • gentleman559

          Its not on the iPhone 5. I have one and a 5S. The option is on the 5S but not on the 5. Guess Ill be selling this 5 and getting a 5S or I won’t be able to use my phone at work. Sigh

    • Louie

      I’d like to know if Wi-Fi calling will be enabled for my T-Mobile 4S

  • John

    Why October? Isn’t IOS 8 suppose to come out in September

    • Cam Bunton

      It’s normally a couple of days before the iPhone is in stores, which’ll probably be in October, or the very end of September.

  • Adrayven

    Using it now.. working fairly well.. I do on occasion find it fails to call.. Which actually doesn’t surprise me, as I had the same issue on my HTC One Mini.. lol Don’t think that issues is on Apple’s end…

  • VG

    Does anybody know if this feature will work on any iPhone 5S/5C with the new iOS, or does the iPhone need to be the “T-Mobile” version of the phone? It would suck if you need the T-Mo version (just like only T-Mo branded Android and Windows phones only support WiFi calling on T-Mo).

    • Cam Bunton

      I’d suspect it could work on unlocked phones too, since iPhones don’t carry carrier bloatware. If you have T-Mobile SIM, and have the appropriate carrier update installed, my guess is that it works just the same.

      • VG

        That’s my hope, but I hope T-Mobile doesn’t try something silly like restrict the WiFi calling feature to only T-Mo locked iPhones (or unlocked iPhones that were originally locked to T-Mo) in order to increase sales of their versions of the iPhones.

        • Fabian Cortez

          That’s not the T-Mobile way really.

      • notyourbusiness

        I don’t believe Wi-Fi calling would work on a non-T-Mobile phone. Somehow, I’d managed to install the Wi-Fi calling app on my unlocked Rogers Lumia 920 last year, but I was never able to get it to work because it lacked whatever hardware requirements T-Mo uses. Eventually, I gave up and uninstalled it.

        • Rod

          This is different though. Android/Windows/BB versions of wifi were all “carrier bloatware” and were signed by Tmobile.
          The way Apple is doing it, wifi calling is built into the phone firmware. It’s a part of iOS so it should work as long as your iPhone has the tmobile carrier update. Plus, when buying from Apple, there’s no difference between a Tmobile/ATT/unlocked iphone prior to activation. It’s not a “T-Mobile iphone” till the store tells it to be.

    • UMA_Fan

      It’s apple doing this which makes it all the more surreal. It’s likely all you would need is a tmobile sim. All iphones run the same software.

  • guest

    only thing missing is the 700MHz

    • I guarantee once that 700 goes live, T-Mo will gain about 3-5 million users in 1 Q! Book it!

      • Shorttyy713

        Where will 700 cover in what markets

  • iShart4

    Picture of the indicator or this is just noise, rumor, or speculation… Short picture or it didn’t happen. Come on Cam, show us the money!

    • Floundahead

      Picture of the indicator is in the screen-shot. The iPhone has never displayed “T-Mobile Wi-Fi” prior to IOS 8, Beta 5.

      • iShart4

        That’s the worst indicator I’ve ever seen. It’s unclear, unimaginative, poor design. I hope it’s more clear like a clear icon or a magenta bars replacing the circles / dots that currently represent network strength.

        • iShart4isaPhaggot

          Oh look, another complainer. Quit being such a xxxxx and appreciate the fact that there’s Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone. What else do you want? A gold ribbon with your name embroidered?

  • Justin Merithew

    With Wi-Fi calling, widgets, and a larger screen I think I’ll finally be trying an iOS device. If the iPhone 6 supports band 12 that will pretty much seal the deal.

  • UMA_Fan

    It should be more clear so mass consumers know they are getting ‘signal’ for calls/texts when none is available. Maybe the dots for cellular service turn magenta and represent WiFi signal strength?

    • MagicMiguel

      Speaking of those damn dots — that status bar is looking pretty crowded in this screenshot. I wonder why did Apple felt the need to do away with the signal bars that pretty much every other phone uses?

      • iShart4

        Yeah I know huh, why doesn’t apple just do Android while you’re at it…

      • hello

        Dots look nicer

  • gadget_hero

    This will make it so much easier to move my parents plan to T-Mobile from AT&T.

  • Roger Sales

    Gonna be hard for iPhone users to decide against not using T-Mobile with such perks in choice/coverage now.

  • Axl

    Anyone know how I can get this working I have beta 5 but all it tells me is “to all wifi calling on this account call contact” T-Mobile but I’ve done this also i have prepaid and iPhone 5s

    • monkeybutts

      The beta has apparently only been postpaid so far.

    • TMO employee

      Wifi calling only works for postpaid customers and is a feature that must be added to the account. It’s free.

      • Rod

        Wifi calling is available for pre and post paid. The wifi calling plan is only available for post paid. Without the plan you get billed for usage.

  • Ozzy

    Im so disappointed that the latest beta still doesn’t support wifi-calling on iPhone 5 models. Was seriously looking forward to it. Oh well, hopefully the next beta in two weeks will sort this out

    • the2000guy

      if that is true then I will go back to android and sell my ipad to buy a microsoft surface pro 3. NO more apple for the rest of my life.

      • Shorttyy713

        Lol. Android and Microsoft will hurt you even more.

        • the2000guy

          Why is that? MS lacks of APPS?? And android very vulnerable to spywares and lagging on their devices?

        • Shorttyy713

          Because Microsoft will abandon tablets because it’s big losses for the company in the future. Android doesn’t get updates in a timely manner because it’s tied to carriers and they get abandoned from updates easily to new features.

    • dm33

      I don’t think they plan to support iphone 5. They would have by now. Trying to encourage sales of iPhone 5s or 6.

      I had to bail to att. Couldn’t wait and I’m not getting an iPhone 5s with 6 right around the corner.

  • Mike

    This should help TMO and those that have super crappy coverage. I say it should help TMO because uma or wifi calling costs TMO nothing. Just think all those “all you can eat” cell plans that TMO is rolling out and how many of those mins will go unused. Should help customers with poor service as they can do uma calling. Wonder though if this shift will slow down TMO expansion plans or investment in low service communities.

    • CalicoKJ

      With the glitches that I (and others) have with WiFi calling, I really, really, really hope that T-Mo keeps up with the upgrades.

  • dm33

    Still iPhone 5s only. Doesn’t work with iPhone 5 nor 4s.

  • So, what people are saying , is that since they are unwilling/too cheap to Upgrade their 4S’ and 5’s, it should be cause for uproar, because??????? As if Apple isn’t in the business of oh, let’s see… making money????

    I’m an Android fan boy, but I will tell you, no company pimps their products and makes money like Apple! This is the Apple way of life, it always has been. That’s why they have the following they have.

  • Laststop311

    Hope they still do the free test drive thing when the 5.5″ iphone comes out. Just may leave android

    • taron19119

      Test drive is not really free

      • VG

        How so? I thought that if returned the phone at the end of 7 days and decide not to sign up, the trial is 100% free of charge with $0 cost to you. Is this not so?

        • nobody

          They place a hold of 700 on your credit card and when you return the device they remove the hold. So it ends up being free but only when you return the equipment

      • Floundahead

        A hold on your credit card doesn’t cost you anything, so therefore the test drive is free (unless you don’t return the iphone).

    • Cam Bunton

      There’s no guarantee that there’s going to be a 5.5-inch iPhone. From what I’ve seen, the 4.7-inch model is the only one with sufficient evidence to prove its existence.

  • Cam Fas

    Would be cool if they made it support band 12 and a big 600mhz block just for furure proofing in the event tmobile gets some of that spectrum

  • Tareq Abdeljawad

    So no WiFi calling for iPhone 5 ???

  • Limin Li

    Dumb question. So wifi calling on the t moble iPhone has nothing to do with 700mhz or volte right or wrong?

    • VG

      Correct. WiFi calling allows you to make and receive calls and SMS text messages (but not MMS messages) via the Internet from anywhere in the world where you have a wifi connection with decent upload and download speeds.

      • Curious

        Pardon my ignorance, but what precludes MMS messages from being transmitted though “WiFi calling”? WiFi seems like it would be suitable data connection to transmit pictures over.

  • hello

    Will VOLTE ever be available on the iPhone 5S?

  • VETTE98

    WIFI CALLING on 5s is GREAT ! very clear and loud ! its nothing like android wifi calling that sounds like crap most of the time !
    WIFI CALLING works GREAT and sounds GREAT and CLEAR ! nice job APPLE thanks