Without a doubt, Wi-Fi calling is a nice perk to have on your phone. For one, it allows you to make regular GSM calls on your Wi-Fi network in regions where the cellular coverage is spotty and signal is bad. It also lets you make calls as if you are on your home network even when you are roaming with your phone in another country or continent.
The just announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as all other Apple devices which eventually get iOS 8, will have the feature natively supported. Unfortunately, it's a carrier-specific feature, which means it's up to your carrier whether you'd be able to use the feature or not.
If you reside in the States, you might be interested to know that AT&T has just announced that it won't be enabling Wi-Fi calling before 2015.
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference this Friday, Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T's Mobile and Business Solutions said AT&T won't launch the service until it's fully tested.
"We're very focused on making sure it's a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement," he said.
Tests with iOS8 beta show that T-Mobile's Wi-Fi calling feature works just fine on iOS and T-Mobile has announced that all iPhone sold by the carrier will support the feature. T-Mobile US recently announced an even more feature-rich version of the service on its own network.
Apple officially announced that in the UK the service will be supported by the carrier EE.
Well a) I'm happy that EE is supporting this, meaning their commitment to better coverage and service. b) better coverage for countryside and certain town/city black spots c) all round no downside to this tech being available. Thank you ios...
i don't think that wifi calling without internet is possible
This would probably be rarely used. Would have been useful when I use to live in a townhouse where I would get no reception. Now I have great service in my new home. I think wifi calling would be useful in a rare situation.