- 11-13-12, 04:59 PM #2
WiFi calling is a software implementation. It doesn't require anything extra hardware-wise, just consent of the carrier (in the form of an app that allows you to WFC.)
UMA is a whole different (and better!) beast. I really hope it does make it in BB10 devices.
Edit: this is like Facetime...cant call my houseline or work or my friends home etc etc.
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- 11-17-12, 10:38 PM #9
While I would like true UMA (i.e. not software enabled WiFi calling as seen on the 9900) to be included in BB10 devices, I wouldn't be overly surprised if RIM skips it. I don't know what the current number is, but last I checked, only 5-6 carriers worldwide supported this feature in either form, and at least my carrier (T-Mobile) doesn't advertise it like it should, imo.
- CrackBerry Genius
11-18-12, 04:20 AM #10
- 2,281 Posts
I don't need UMA on a daily basis, but I know the places I will need it. Now you can keep your old phone to UMA, but this will a pain. you will need to request service books each time you change phones.
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- 11-18-12, 04:58 AM #11
I would think that those doubting it will make it into bb10 are going to be right, while it is only a software feature it is one that isn't even important to those carriers that support it, so Rim are obviously going to prioritise things that are important to more carriers.
- 11-18-12, 11:10 AM #12
- 11-23-12, 11:49 PM #14
The new BBM voice calling feature is restricted to calling the other BB users. Useless as far as I'm concerned.
- 11-25-12, 05:47 PM #16
- CrackBerry Abuser
11-30-12, 10:15 AM #21
- 379 Posts
It's a great feature for users but not for carriers. It still uses their infrastructure but they don't get to bill you. A few carriers offered it because they felt it would bring in new customers but so few people knew what it was that it didn't make any difference. Once they started offering it they kept up with it, because there are enough customers who did join them specifically to use it that dropping it would be a major publicity hit, but it wasn't close enough to being a big deal to get it adopted by everyone. C'est la vie.
- 11-30-12, 10:29 AM #22
I may be wrong about this, but way older plans on TMO even required a monthly paid add-on feature to use this feature.
- 11-30-12, 01:43 PM #23
And hands-down, the biggest advantage of UMA over regular wifi-calling is handovers. On Wifi calling, if you pass the range of the wifi network, your call drops; on UMA, it would hand the call of to your network without interruption.
- 11-30-12, 05:42 PM #24
2. I have used UMA since before TM released it. (I was a beta tester.) We have used UMA for "free" calling from Australia TO Zambia (about 15+ countries in all) with no problems. Some countries have wifi all over the place. Actually it didn't work too well in Zambia because of weak/slow wifi in the few places it existed. Worked fine in So. Africa and Senegal.
Have only used it a little, here, in the few places couldn't get cell signal - like part of son's home in Eugene, Or. The new BB phones have wifi calling - but not true UMA. Haven't used it. Wife's new Android has wifi calling - but it isn't as polished as UMA.
I would guess you could use something like Skype to place calls. Advantage of UMA is that calls are processed thru the carrier's system. Calls show up on your bill like all other calls (with code "U" after the listing on your bill.
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