Carrier O2 U.K. wifi calling

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  1. iPhonetherefore macrumors regular

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    just had a conversation with an o2 guru who said wifi calling is in testing and should be with us "very soon" this is after someone else on o2 community forum had a similar conversation last week.
     

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    That reads as though they are going to use a separate app for WiFi calling instead of the built-in functionality of iOS9 which would make the release of iOS9 irrelevant
     
  4. iPhonetherefore thread starter macrumors regular

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    I had already talked about tugo, he had to go and check with someone else so he didn't spout a default answer at me like "we already have that functionality, please use tugo"
     
  5. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    In the conversations I've had they have always touted the TuGo App.

    As it's an app and not integrated it can be a little clunky and its not available to Pay As You Go either, which is poor.

    I've seen many a post on the shortcomings of TuGo and would certainly welcome 'Calling Over WiFi' as long as it's available to Contract, Business and Payg Account holders.
     
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    TuGo has always been a clunky mess for me, so I really hope they do decide to drop it in favour of the native WiFi calling support!
     
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    O2 have invested so heavily in TuGo I'd be surprised if they did.
     
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    Hi,

    Yes I remember the thread in the O2 Community Forum ;)

    The transcript in there is from a Live Chat Session which are Non Uk Callcentres who typically read from a script when helping.

    With the 3 Network soon to rubber stamp the acquisition of O2-UK I wouldn't think they'll introduce too much to change services - of course I could be wrong.
     
  10. iPhonetherefore thread starter macrumors regular

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    A lot of the back end would probably work with wifi calling. The change is in how the phone routes the call
     
  11. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    And even though it could be in iOS 9 it's up to the Network themselves to allow the feature via a Carrier Update, which is controlled by the carrier.
     
  12. iPhonetherefore thread starter macrumors regular

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    Exactly. I'm expecting a slide on sept 9 that says about at n t o2 and maybe Vodafone and more now supporting wifi calling in ios9
     
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    If this is true, hopefully 3 will be the same as they own O2 no?
     
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    Not yet - O2 are still owned by Telefonica. I believe they have reached agreement with Hutchison Whampoa (3's owner) but it's still waiting on regulatory approval
     
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    Last I read it could take up to a Year for the sake to complete due to various acquisition ruling etc.

    When 3 bought O2-ie they basically left them on their original contracts / tariffs.

    I remember reading some O2-ie customers thought they may get the All you can Eat Data Bundle but No. This maybe the same when 3 complete the purchase of O2-UK.
     
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    Really hope o2 does make the change, I have no signal at work, normally just put the phone into flight mode and use WiFi. I don't want to use their app :(
     
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    Would this also apply to Giffgaff as it is part of O2?

    What wouldn't I give to have a name like that?
     
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    Their has been a bit of speculation to how GiffGaff will be affected but as they are a MVNO its not I think guaranteed that they'll receive the feature. They have their own T&C and tariffs etc.

    Regarding the Name -> And what I wouldn't give to be a £1 / $1 in front of them ;)
     
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    Have you had any issues using TuGo ?
     
  20. stusgt67 macrumors regular

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    I've never tried it but I'd rather use Wifi calling natively. Using the app would mean that for example you would have texts in the TuGo app rather than in Apple's Messaging app.
     
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    I'm on Payg so cannot download it but have family and friends / work colleagues who have and have used theirs. I have to say it has its good points for someone needing signal but Yes it's not exactly integrated to allow a seamless experience.
     
  22. iPhonetherefore thread starter macrumors regular

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    More confirmation from a friend who asked the same as I did-
     

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    Excellent tech post,though i'm not sure what the benefits of wifi calling are.
     
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    It's integrated into the phones settings which gives a more seamless experience than an App.
     
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    Is that an improvement over TuGo...I only use that to stop unwanted calls
     

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