AT&T has announced that it will support Wi-Fi calling beginning in 2015. The service is one of the new features launching with Apple’s iOS 8, according to Light Reading.
On Friday, Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T’s new Mobile and Business Solutions group said the carrier would use Wi-Fi calling in 2015, “but only as a complement to voice-over-LTE and 3G voice.” The announcement came at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
With Wi-Fi calling, customers can take advantage of home or office Wi-Fi connections in those areas where cellular connections are poor.
Stressing that AT&T doesn’t have significant coverage issues, de la Vega explained:
We’re very focused on making sure it’s a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement. We feel good about a great nationwide network with unlimited talk and text.
T-Mobile will provide support for the new feature at launch.
The Apple iOS 8 update is set to arrive for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available through preorder. They arrive in stores on Friday, Sept. 19.