Apple iOS 8 impact: T-Mobile says 90% smartphones will feature Wi-Fi calling

T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert said on Monday that 90 percent of T-Mobile smartphones will feature Wi-Fi calling. The announcement comes in the wake of Apple announcing iOS 8 operating system which features Wi-Fi calling.

Apple earlier in the day announced iOS 8. Apple said enterprises will benefit from an expanded level of data protection for key built-in apps, the ability to set your out of office response, see your colleague’s availability when scheduling a meeting and support for configurable Thread Notifications in Mail.

Additional iOS 8 features include design enhancements that build off the interface of iOS 7, bringing interactive notifications, access to key contacts, the ability to switch back and forth between the inbox and drafts in Mail, as well as intelligent suggestions, said Apple.

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In 2007, T-Mobile enabled Wi-Fi calling on its Android-powered and Windows smartphones.

T-Mobile provides Wi-Fi calling capabilities to far more customers than any other US wireless provider. There are 17 million Wi-Fi calling-enabled customer devices on its network. Nearly 5 million customers use Wi-Fi calling during any given month.

“Since we launched Wi-Fi Calling over seven years ago, our engineers have continued to deliver quality and user experience enhancements. No other provider has the deep technical knowledge or the close partnerships with device manufacturers to deliver the Wi-Fi call quality wireless consumers have come to expect from the Un-carrier,” said Mike Sievert.

Mike Sievert added that T-Mobile currently carries over 30 HD Voice-capable devices and – to date – T-Mobile customers have made over 5 billion HD Voice calls and have enjoyed over 12 billion minutes of HD Voice since launch.

The American telecom carrier also recently launched Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in Seattle. VoLTE coupled with additional innovations around Wi-Fi calling will improve customer experience over the coming months, said T-Mobile.

TelecomLead News Team