Verizon applying for WiFi calling in iOS 9

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there's really nothing cool about it. t-mobile introduced wifi calling in 2007 with non-smartphones. verizon being veruzon is so late, and will restrict it so much, that for all practical purposes, it'll be useless. granted 5 people will use it.

Plus, i've used the wifi calling with iphone 5s on t-mobile. None of the "smooth" handoff that was promised with smartphones really works. It breaks up when you move from a wifi hotspot to celluar, and often drops the connection.
 
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JayBuchanan

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I hope this comes VERY soon. Verizon and Sprint are the only 2 service providers in my small town and at my house Verizon is spotty at best.
 
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there's really nothing cool about it. t-mobile introduced wifi calling in 2007 with non-smartphones. verizon being veruzon is so late, and will restrict it so much, that for all practical purposes, it'll be useless. granted 5 people will use it.

Plus, i've used the wifi calling with iphone 5s on t-mobile. None of the "smooth" handoff that was promised with smartphones really works. It breaks up when you move from a wifi hotspot to celluar, and often drops the connection.
Who cares who did it first?? What matters is people who either have to or like to use Verizon (not sure how many of the latter exist) can use the feature. I much prefer T-Mobile to Verizon but I'm not picking services based on who has what first. I'm picking based on coverage, I'm picking based on what works for me now.

And really? 5 people are going to use this feature? Highly doubt that. Verizon has good coverage, but it isn't so good to the point that only 5 people don't have service. Plenty of basements in people's homes or workplaces for example will have wifi but no service. So stop.

Wouldn't be surprised if Verizon limited the feature somehow like you said, but it probably won't be any wore than AT&T's Wifi calling where you still get roaming fees and such.
 
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Sorry for double post but yeah, I'm quite excited for this. I'm just curious, can you turn on airplane mode and have wifi calling work still? Or turn off cellular and still have wifi calling work? Or do you have to still have the bad cell service draining your battery even though you are only using Wifi for everything? :/
If messages+ are any indication, phone can be in airplane mode with wifi on and a call can be made.
 
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electronicsguy

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Who cares who did it first?? What matters is people who either have to or like to use Verizon (not sure how many of the latter exist) can use the feature. I much prefer T-Mobile to Verizon but I'm not picking services based on who has what first. I'm picking based on coverage, I'm picking based on what works for me now.

And really? 5 people are going to use this feature? Highly doubt that. Verizon has good coverage, but it isn't so good to the point that only 5 people don't have service. Plenty of basements in people's homes or workplaces for example will have wifi but no service. So stop.

Wouldn't be surprised if Verizon limited the feature somehow like you said, but it probably won't be any wore than AT&T's Wifi calling where you still get roaming fees and such.
Right, and those people who dont have coverage have already shifted to using facetime, skype, whatsapp, imessage, google hangouts. etc.

The only reason why someone would "regularly" use wifi calling is, if its seamless and supported natively. However, just go thru this link: http://www.zdnet.com/article/lagging-its-peers-verizon-adds-wi-fi-calling-but-theres-a-catch/

so you'll have to use verizon's app specifically. Tell me, how many people will even bother using that app, let alone know that it exists.

don't get me wrong - wifi calling is a great concept. However, due to all carrier business practices ,market restrictions, etc. its just not at a point where it works seamlessly, and hence useless compared to the services i mentioned above.
 
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Verizon is releasing native iOS wifi calling support. You won't have to use their worthless app.

I've been watching this closely for almost two years. One of the buildings I work in regularly has spotty coverage on Verizon, but we have stellar wifi connectivity.
 
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If messages+ are any indication, phone can be in airplane mode with wifi on and a call can be made.
Yeah I'm just wondering based on how normal, native wifi calling works on other carriers. It could work differently than the app, but I'm not sure.
Right, and those people who dont have coverage have already shifted to using facetime, skype, whatsapp, imessage, google hangouts. etc.

The only reason why someone would "regularly" use wifi calling is, if its seamless and supported natively. However, just go thru this link: http://www.zdnet.com/article/lagging-its-peers-verizon-adds-wi-fi-calling-but-theres-a-catch/

so you'll have to use verizon's app specifically. Tell me, how many people will even bother using that app, let alone know that it exists.

don't get me wrong - wifi calling is a great concept. However, due to all carrier business practices ,market restrictions, etc. its just not at a point where it works seamlessly, and hence useless compared to the services i mentioned above.
Look at what andrewket said..

Verizon is now working on getting that "native and seamless" wifi calling feature you keep talking about. We weren't talking about the Message+ app, I agree, that's stupid. We were talking about the news of how Verizon is now trying to get actual wifi calling.
Verizon is releasing native iOS wifi calling support. You won't have to use their worthless app.

I've been watching this closely for almost two years. One of the buildings I work in regularly has spotty coverage on Verizon, but we have stellar wifi connectivity.
Also, Verizon is submitting things to the FCC to get approval for regular Wi-Fi calling just like what AT&T did a little bit ago.

Read about it in the link in this post...

 
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