Wifi Calling Coming?

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  • Rick, 

    If you are hooked into WiFi, you can use other services for calling and don't even need Sprint. Whether you are limited, need an app, or it is totally free might depend on the provider. Seems like Google Voice is the goriila, but there are others, too. I am not sure what this service would really add.

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  • Hey Rick,

    It is something that we are looking into. It's best covered in this article. Hope this helps :)

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  • Hi Joshua,

    I've been looking into some third-party solutions but it appears they are going away.  Apparently, the majority of them are tied into Google Voice which will be making policy changes come March this year which will disable the ability to make Wifi to landline calls.  Any other option seems to require the app installed for the caller and person you're calling.

     

    Paraic - You're article link comes back with "You do not have access to this topic".  Your "hope for help" fell woefully short, but I'm willing to give you the benefit  of the doubt that you're still a good guy.  If you could try re-posting the link that would be appreciated.  If you're re-posted link results in a "Rick Roll" my benefit of the doubt will be withdrawn.

    Thanks!

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  • If enable would this allow me to kill my airave?

     

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  • Rick I saw the voip mentioned at https://ting.com/blog/2013-a-ting-retrospective/

    Its near the bottom. 

     

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  • Rick,

    I know what you mean by "seem to be going away." I use netTalk which used to be unlimited and now I think limits you to something like 50 min per month. Good feature is that unlike Viber, etc. the person you are calling does not need the app and/or can be on a landline also. 

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  • At the moment Viber actually has a paid feature that allows you to 'top up' and call non viber numbers. This is through my own observations, and I don't have a list of their rates unfortunately.

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  • Will we need specialty phones with VOIP like Republic? Or will Ting smartphone users be able to use their current phones? 

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  • Hi Michael,

    We're working on all those details now, there's still quite a bit to figure out with VOIP calling. Plus, we completely understand how much our customers would love to keep their existing phones for the feature. Stay tuned for updates!

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  • I hope that Ting's version of Wi-Fi calling is able to make more sense than Sprint's (although Sprint may enforce their rules, regardless). Sprint's requirement that you have a cell signal to make a Wi-Fi call kills one of the most compelling reasons for using Wi-Fi calling, namely being in a location that lacks cell coverage. I haven't heard of competing solutions being limited in this way.

    "...you must have Android Location Services turned on in order to make Wifi calls, and that it will only be a supported feature within the U.S., U.S. Virigin Islands and Puerto Rico. Sprint explicitly states that Wifi Calling will not be approved or supported from other locations or while using a VPN. Outbound calls over Wifi won't be allowed without a CDMA signal present either — Sprint claims this is for 911 reasons." (Android Central)

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  • Waiting for this feature, as well. I get no cellular signal inside the building that I work in but we have Wifi all throughout. I would like to be able to receive calls on my phone while on Wifi. If I need to call out, I can just pick up a landline phone. T-mobile had this feature >5 years ago and it worked so well. 

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  • Prior to Ting, I had T-Mobile, and almost considered dropping our landline and using the T-mobile home wifi connection instead.  T-mobile cell coverage in our home was poor, but the wifi feature made it work for us.  I love Ting's pricing, but it turns out we still have poor cell coverage in my home, receiving calls at home are problematic.  If Ting/Sprint had the home wifi feature, I would surely pull the landline plug.  

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  • Richard you could always purchase an Airave.  Once active on Ting it creates a mini cell tower for all your cell lines. 

    Mine worked with Sprint for years and about a year with Ting.  Sprint finally made me give it back. :(

     

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  • Doug's idea only works if you are in an area where Sprint allows Airave, Unfortunately, I am not in one of those Sprint covered areas.

     

    Check http://www.sprint.com/landings/airave_eligibility/

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