Who says Wi-Fi offload is just for data?

Operators may be using Wi-Fi to move data packets off of their 3G and 4G networks, but they could be shipping all kinds of mobile traffic via Wi-Fi. Kineto’s new smartphone software makes the world of Wi-Fi hotspots one big off-ramp for voice, SMS and MMS

On T-Mobile, All Wi-Fi Calls Are Free

If you are a T-Mobile subscriber and use one of the mobile phones that support UMA, now all your calls made over the Wi-Fi are free. Earlier, all WiFi-based calls counted towards your minute plan. This is a great move for T-Mobile, which is bleeding customers.

UMA Comes To T-Mobile Androids… Almost!

T-Mobile USA says it will be launching UMA-based Wi-Fi calling on a select few Android handsets in coming days. Unlike in the past, Andorid phones will use an App for Wi-Fi calling. T-Mobile’s myTouch and new Motorola’s DEFY are likely to support UMA-based calling features.

Why T-Mobile May Add UMA Calling to Android After All

T-Mobile will reportedly offer calls over Wi-Fi on upcoming Android handsets according to leaked training and screen shots of a Wi-Fi Calling application. But such an app would be a software solution, instead one based on hardware, meaning calls wouldn’t be handed off to cellular networks.

Is T-Mobile Backing Away From UMA?

Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA), a technology that allows mobile users to send and received phone calls via Wi-Fi without needing special Femtocells, has been a key distinguishing feature on T-Mobile’s BlackBerry phones. Unfortunately, UMA seems to be less important to T-Mobile USA.

Free or Not, Femtocell Deployments Are on the Rise

Deployments of femtocells have doubled in the last six months, indicating that an increasing number of carriers want to supplement wireless coverage in homes using the 3G devices. Evan as some carriers charge for the hardware, consumers appear willing to pay for better home voice coverage.

Like Fixed-Mobile Convergence, Femtocells Are on a Road to Nowhere

It doesn’t matter how brilliant your mouse trap is if it doesn’t catch any mice. Same goes for technologies. Witness femtocells, those small, in-premise devices that help with spotty cell phone coverage by piggybacking on wired broadband connections.
According to The Wall Street Journal, femtocells aren’t doing terribly well — sales are slow and demand is weak. It’s a classic chicken-and-egg situation. Carriers are waiting for demand to go up, while folks (like me) are waiting for prices — which currently range from $100 to $250 for the device alone, plus a monthly service fee — to come down.
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