• Verizon Follows AT&T in Asking FCC to Enable Wi-Fi Calling On Their Network



    U.S. mobile carrier AT&T recently asked the Federal Communications Commission to grant a waiver to enable Wi-Fi calling. Now, Verizon Wireless has done the same in asking the FCC to allow Wi-Fi calling on its network. For those who donít know what Wi-Fi calling is, it was a new feature first introduced in iOS 8. The way the feature works is when mobile signal is low, calls will then automatically route over to Wi-Fi.

    The feature apparently breaks TTY protocol for the hearing impaired, therefore it is illegal in the U.S. However, AT&T was able to switch on the feature through a recent waiver. When this happened, AT&T made it very clear that the waiver is required in order to enable the feature and even called out Sprint and T-Mobile for not getting permission in turning on the feature. Verizon on the other hand, took a different stance and does not feel it is required, but doing so is ďout of an abundance of caution."

    Both Verizon and AT&T are apparently working on a TTY text-chat protocol replacement for the hearing impaired that will work on Wi-Fi as well. If Verizonís waiver is approved, all smartphone platforms will be able to take advantage of the offering.

    Source: FCC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon Follows AT&T by Asking FCC to Enable Wi-Fi Calling On Their Network started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Does it work with the 5C? Apple says it does but AT&T says it doesn't and will not enable it for my mother.
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