How about calls and messages over WiFi w/o a 3rd-party app?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by moonman239, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. moonman239 macrumors 68000

    Mar 27, 2009
    I'm thinking Apple should allow the native phone app to make calls over WiFi instead of over the cellular network. They should also allow the messages app to send SMS's and MMS's over WiFi.

    I'm not talking about iPhone-to-iPhone communication. I'm talking about allowing people to call and text whoever they want without using the network. That way, calls don't count against their minutes and texts don't count against the number of texts their carrier allows them to send.

    I would be infuriated if the carriers reacted negatively. In fact, I'd hate those carriers. I'd try to stay away from them.
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    and the carriers would supposedly be happy about it? I don't think so.
  3. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Be happy that the carriers have allowed free texting and calls from iPhone to iPhone over WiFi.

    Besides, with the way plans now are, I'd MUCH rather use minutes than data. For all intents, minutes are unlimited (between nights/ weekends, people on my carrier, and the 5 'friends and family,' I rarely use minutes that count).

    Data always counts and there's never enough of it.
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    The technology already exists for this, actually. It's called UMA mode. I had a Cincinnati Bell Blackberry a couple years back that had it. I believe T-Mobile has the ability too. It's a matter of the carriers supporting it on their infrastructure. Android added the ability on one of their 3.x releases I think.

    Until one of the big carriers in the USA supports it, I don't see Apple investing the resources to add the ability to the iPhone. For the life of me though I can't figure out why AT&T or Verizon don't do it; it would decrease signal complaints in buildings by probably 50% at least.
  5. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    There are apps to do this right now. But you still have to get a voice plan anyway. With my iPad I can make and recieve calls over wifi.
  6. MacMane macrumors regular

    May 1, 2009
    Orlando, Fl
    What app? Service sucks at my gfs apartment complex.
  7. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    There's talkatone, but it uses a different phone number than your mobile number.

    The problem is that iphones and ipads constantly drop the wifi signal after a certain period of time, I think 2 minutes, so you will get a lot of missed calls if you're on wifi instead of 3G.
  8. JerseyDoug macrumors regular

    May 10, 2012
    Easy fix. Get a new gf. :D
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I also think that cable providers should let me watch their channels without have a cable box or subscribing to their service. I would be infuriated if the cable companies reacted negatively. In fact, I'd hate those cable companies. I'd try to stay away from them.

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