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WiFi Calling Coming To Australia

Postby Freak » Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:19 pm

Owners of an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus could jump between 4G and Wi-Fi networks seamlessly without having calls disconnect. The feature, dubbed ‘Wi-Fi calling’, would popularise high-definition phone calls and also use Wi-Fi to patch areas plagued by poor reception.

Wi-Fi calling is already available in the US with carrier T-Mobile, while AT&T has announced plans to support the feature in 2015.

Australian carriers, however, do not support Wi-Fi calling. Representatives from Telstra, Optus, Virgin and Vodafone could not reveal if they plan to support Wi-Fi calling when they were contacted by Good Gear Guide.

Vodafone stands to benefit most from supporting Wi-Fi calling. Whereas Telstra and Optus cover 99.3% and 98.5% of the Australian population, Vodafone lingers with 96%. Wi-Fi calling will help the carrier plug network holes and improve its competitiveness against the larger telcos.

Supporting Wi-Fi Calling could cannibalise revenues Optus and Telstra generate from fixed line services, such as a home phone connection. “Carriers might be afraid to lose some of their fixed line revenues or their existing fixed line [customer] base,” said Narelle Clark, the deputy chief executive of ACCAN, which is the peak body representing communication customers.

“They don’t think their business case stacks up. As soon as they think they’ll make money out of it, and it doesn't cost too much to do it, they’ll do it,” Clark told GGG.


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Re: WiFi Calling Coming To Australia

Postby Bluey » Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:24 pm

I know for a fact that Optus are currently in the process of testing VoLTE which has the support for the Wi-Fi calling,
Basic works by setting up a IPsec tunnel to the carriers ePDG.

whats really interesting is what T-Mobile and Apple have done for next IOS release that allows the iPhone device to pass on it's credentials to a non sim based device like you iPad or Mac to make calls using your iPhone account.
This will be really interesting in how the credential/trust is pass from the phone to the devices.


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