T-Mobile announces UnCarrier 7.0, expands Wi-Fi calling capabilities, HD Voice
Today in San Francisco, T-Mobile has unveiled their UnCarrier 7.0 initiative, just a few months after 5 and 6 were announced. This time around, they’re offering innovations with their Wi-Fi Calling feature by making it available to everyone from this point on.
WiFi Calling has been used to the Magenta carrier for years, allowing customers to make calls and send text messages via a WiFi connection. It’s a pretty neat feature, especially considering that the company’s ever-growing network still has its weak spots where service is spotty or non-existent. With a WiFi Calling-enabled phone, that no longer becomes a problem, so long as you have are in range of course. Now, not only is T-Mobile making the feature available for every phone it sells, but it is now providing customers seamless HD Voice calling, a feat it says that no other carrier has accomplished. And with T-Mobile’s new technology, the HD Voice experience continues even if you leave the LTE network, and the call is seamlessly handed off to WiFi or even the 4G HSPA+ and 2G networks. You’ll never know the difference.
In addition to this, T-Mobile also announced Free In-Flight WiFi and Texting, thanks to a partnership with Gogo. This means that starting September 17th, any T-Mobile customer with a Gogo-ready device can use their phone in flight on Gogo equipped US airlines to text, send picture messages, or access visual voicemail. And there are already several smartphones available that can take advantage of this awesome feature (unfortunately none of them are Windows Phones):
- Samsung Note S4
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Samsung Galaxy Avant
- Samsung Note 3
- HTC One M7
- HTC One M8
- LG G3
- Apple iPhone 5c (with iOS8, available 9/17)
- Apple iPhone 5s (with iOS8, available 9/17)
If you don’t have one of the phones listed above, or if you don’t have a WiFi Calling enabled phone, fear not as T-Mobile is offering Jump! upgrades to any existing customer for a new Wi-Fi-enabled handset, regardless of Jump! status. And T-Mobile wants to make sure to have you covered wherever you’re traveling to, by offering customers the ability to make free Wi-Fi calls to the United States from anywhere outside the country.
And if that isn’t enough, T-Mobile is now offering personal WiFi routers that act as T-Mobile cell towers. This basically means you’ll see full bars where you would normally see otherwise, even in spaces where you don’t normally get service. And with the Personal CellSpot, T-Mobile calls will be prioritized over WiFi, offering the same crystal-clear HD voice experience. And the CellSpot can replace your regular router or be added to your home network. It covers approximately 3,000 square feet on average, and supports speeds up to 1900Mbps, 802.11AC (1300Mbps over 5GHz) and 802.11N (600Mbps over 2.4GHz). And no matter how much HD video or streaming music is coming through the router, calls should maintain their clarity. The best part, it’s completely free of charge with a (albeit with a $25 refundable deposit) for anyone with a Simple Choice plan.
These innovations with WiFi, along with T-Mobile launching the first nationwide VoLTE network, position the UnCarrier to a much brighter future, one where it
hopes expects to see it overtake Sprint as the 3rd largest US carrier. So what do you think of T-Mobile’s new initiative?