There are probably too many features in iOS 8 that makes it impossible for Apple to announce each and every single one of them. However during the presentation, there was a feature for WiFi calling on one of the slides that Apple did not touch on. However T-Mobile has spotted it and has since announced that they will be enabling that feature for iOS 8 users when the software is released later this year.
T-Mobile estimates that with this feature being enabled for iPhone users running on iOS 8, over 90% of smartphones on T-Mobile’s network will feature WiFi calling, which is pretty amazing actually. For those unfamiliar with WiFi calling, it’s pretty much what it sounds like. It will allow users to make phone calls by hooking onto a WiFi network.
This means that if you’re running low on minutes and you don’t want to use your data plan for making Skype or Viber calls, then WiFi calling is an option. This feature has been around for quite a while now. T-Mobile had initially rolled out the feature for select Android and Windows Phone handsets back in 2007, but we guess with iOS 8 officially supporting the feature, they decided to include iPhone support as well.
According to T-Mobile’s CMO, Mike Sievert, “One of the best things about T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling is that it’s so simple to use. You don’t need to activate anything or download a special app. Just connect to any available Wi-Fi network, check that Wi-Fi Calling is turned on on your capable smartphone, and make a call (or send a text, email, etc.) as you normally would. That’s it.” So, are you looking forward to enabling WiFi calling on your iPhone later this year?