August 19, 2009 at 6:07 PM #173842
A colleague of mine let me know that T-Mobile now offers FREE WiFi calling from your Blackberry. (Thanks Dane)
Previously, they offered the [email protected] and Unlimited HotSpot Calling service for $10-20/month, but now it is supposed to be free to all T-mo subscribers. Of course, you will need a “HotSpot” enabled phone (i.e. WiFi BlackBerry devices).
You just need to enable the WiFi radio on your BB and connect to a WiFi network. You should “UMA” on the top of the screen. When this is the case, the signal indicator turns to pink dots, instead of white bars.
When you are connected on WiFi, you won’t be using any of your mobile plan’s minutes, which is very handy when traveling internationally. Also, this is a great option if you experience bad signal coverage at home or at work,
As I don’t have a T-mo BB with WiFi, I can’t confirm that ANY T-mo user can use the WiFi calling for free. Can anyone verify this?
Rumor: Free WiFi calling for T-mobile users?August 19, 2009 at 6:07 PM #179985
When I first switched to T-Mo about a month and a half ago I thought then service was free then. So I was using it at home on my wireless network all the time then I learned that I had to add the @Home service to my plan so I did so. But this would be great news to be able to get this service for free now.August 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM #179986
That’s a new one on me. I am paying an extra $9.99 a month for this service. If that’s true it would be great.August 19, 2009 at 6:20 PM #179987
I just talked with one of the T-Mobile chat staff members and they told me “You can get free Wi-Fi calling as long as you are set up and it and you blackberry that you have is compatible.” — he says it’s been around for a while.August 19, 2009 at 6:20 PM #179988
That is correct…. WIFI is only data unless you have @homeAugust 19, 2009 at 7:22 PM #179989
You know, I’ve heard mised things about this. Troy Brown told me this was true a long time ago,however I’ve heard differently from other people. I was always too lazy to test it out, but if I ever get a tmo device again ill try. I don’t know how much help iLl be though since I have unlimited everything.August 19, 2009 at 7:22 PM #179990
Wait, so so something did change? I have used a T-Mo 8320 and now 8900 to make UMA calls for 2 years, and always paid $10 for my 2 family lines. Now I can drop the $10 and still keep UMA calling with unlimited minutes? Really?August 19, 2009 at 7:30 PM #179991
Well if this is true T-Mo owes me $10. LOL!!!August 19, 2009 at 7:43 PM #179992
I just called T-Mobile, which sounds like something any T-Mo user should do to get the skinny on this. Lady I spoke to put me on hold to ask for the details on this. What she said is this rumor is NOT true. If i want to just have the wifi SIGNAL on my BlackBerry, then I don’t have to pay the $10/month, however if I want my calling usage to not come out of my plan’s minutes, then I DO have to pay the $10 charge. So it sounds like nothing has changed at all.August 19, 2009 at 8:16 PM #179993
You can call from home, but it will take out minutes from your pool if you don’t have @Home service
FREE for users that got in on the $49 unlimited minutes dealAugust 19, 2009 at 8:32 PM #179994
The last time I spoke to them about this, a couple months ago when I got my new berry, they said no. It either uses your minutes or you have @home.August 19, 2009 at 9:37 PM #179995
An important point:
You said very handy when traveling internationally
When I was looking into different providers, I called up about the @Home service since I go to Canada frequently. As I understand it, when using @Home, the call is assisted by your Wi-Fi connection but doesn’t go through Wi-Fi only. I was told that you CANNOT use the @Home service to make calls outside the USA and avoid being charged roaming or long distance.August 19, 2009 at 9:43 PM #179996
Darn, i wish the bold had uma. been silently wishing for this forever.August 19, 2009 at 9:56 PM #179997
WRONG! I was told by a T-Mo rep even before the release of the 8320 that if you are international, and have connected your phone to WiFi, you’re phone “thinks” it is back in the USA and you don’t get charged anything extra. THIS IS the case as I have used my 8320 and then 8900 while in Europe and in Canada to make free unlimited calls with no roaming or long distance charges (as long as I am calling a USA number)August 19, 2009 at 11:23 PM #179998
My wife has been using wifi on her 8320 when we travel to Mexico because we don’t have roaming enabled on her phone an as soon as we cross the border her phone drops to SOS only.
All calls across wifi do get pulled from her pool of minutes but they don’t charge her for calling from abroad when using wifi internationally.
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