With VoLTE already rolling out, AT&T turns to Wi-Fi calling in 2015

Gigaom

AT&T will follow T-Mobile by offering voice calls over Wi-Fi networks next year. AT&T CEO and President Ralph de la Vega announced the plans on Friday while speaking at a Goldman Sachs conference. Light Reading reported the news, noting that de la Vega made sure to temper expectations on when Wi-Fi calling would arrive for AT&T customers.

The carrier will surely test the service to provide a seamless handoff for calls between its cellular network and Wi-Fi. [company]AT&T[/company] is also in the midst of expanding a similar effort by transmitting voice calls over LTE data lines: It started a rollout of VoLTE in May but only in a few markets and with a single supported handset.

Apple's newest phones: iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6. Photo by Tom Krazit/Gigaom Apple’s newest phones: iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6. Photo by Tom Krazit/Gigaom

Even though other smartphone platforms have long supported Wi-Fi calling, the timing of AT&T’s announcement likely coincides with the new…

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