T-Mobile to launch free WiFi calling plan

If you own a phone that's serviced by T-Mobile that also has WiFi features, you will soon be a very happy person. DSLReports.com has revealed that the wireless phone carrier is about to launch a new plan that will allow T-Mobile phone users to make unlimited phone calls via WiFi connections without using any minutes from their current phone plan. In other words, the WiFi based phone calls will be free for those customers with WiFi equipped phones.

The plan was apparently supposed to launch today but for some reason the launch plans have been delayed with no word on when they will begin (although it should happen "soon" according to leaked documents from the company). However once the plan is put in place T-Mobile customers that have Even More, Even More Plus, and 4G Do More calling plans with the compatible phones will be alerted to the new feature via text message.

However, those customers might want to enjoy the new service, once it launches, for as long as they  can. T-Mobile is currently planned to be acquired by AT&T for a whopping $38 billion. As DSLReports points out in a new editorial, AT&T has tons of problems with keeping its customers happy with dropped calls and low broadband caps for its two Internet services. It also mentions tha if this merger is approved by the federal government (and there's no indications at this point that it won't) there will almost certainly be massive layoffs from both AT&T and T-Mobile's team members.

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This isn't new, T-Mobile has been offering Unlimited Wifi calling for years. They used to charge just $4.99 for the add-on and then about three years ago, they offered it for free. After a while they removed the feature for new customers but allowed existing ones to retain it and are now bringing it back. It's great because you can get coverage in areas without it and can even make unlimited calls back to the US from any wifi location in the world

woah this would be a really good deal, plus you could make calls in places with no service if you could find wifi there

jasonon said,
woah this would be a really good deal, plus you could make calls in places with no service if you could find wifi there

Except in a security-conscious society, finding a public or known secured WiFi device might be hard to come by.

briangw said,

Except in a security-conscious society, finding a public or known secured WiFi device might be hard to come by.

If they had an option for encrypting the data stream then that gets around that problem doesn't it?

briangw said,

Except in a security-conscious society, finding a public or known secured WiFi device might be hard to come by.


Most ISPs offer wifi hotspots all over the place these days so it shouldn't be too hard.
My current ISP is Comcast, and I rarely use 3g when i have time to connect to their wifi

Quick Shot said,

Most ISPs offer wifi hotspots all over the place these days so it shouldn't be too hard.
My current ISP is Comcast, and I rarely use 3g when i have time to connect to their wifi

heh, you haven't lived/been to northwestern MN....

This is the way calling plans need to go, remove minute caps, make everything in terms of data, allow free wifi calling...

bdsams said,
This is the way calling plans need to go, remove minute caps, make everything in terms of data, allow free wifi calling...

+100
This could have happened a long time ago but all those carriers are to greedy to give up the huge amounts of money they make from overages.