T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 joins an elite crowd: will support Wi-Fi calling
You might not know this, but before I was 110% Windows Phone I had a thing for Blackberry. Specifically the Curve 8320. That’s because it had one feature in a smartphone that I absolutely needed back then – Wi-Fi calling. If you’re a Windows Phone fan and hoping to get a phone with Wi-Fi calling you might want to check out the Nokia Lumia 521.
On May 20, anyone with a Lumia 521 on T-Mobile will be getting an update to software/firmware version 1030.6409.1316.0016. The update will be delivered over-the-air (OTA) and add Wi-Fi calling to the little handset that could.
Great news right? Yeah, except you will be needing to do a master reset after completing the update. That means you’ll need to back up your device and not get too heavily involved with a game – like Monster Burner. To get the update make sure you’re running the latest version of the OS, have more than 50% battery life, and at least 150MB of available memory on your device.
The Lumia 521 isn’t on the wish list for most of you, but it’s a compelling handset for budget shoppers or first time smartphone owners. It’s also the first Windows Phone device that we can think of to have the ability to place calls over Wi-Fi. Know of any others? No word on if this is using Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology to get it done, but we’ll hit up T-Mobile and Nokia to find out more for you and if we can look forward to this feature in other handsets.
The Lumia 521 is becoming a compelling device between the low price and new Wi-Fi calling feature.
What do you think of placing calls over Wi-Fi? Is this a feature that should come to higher end Lumia devices?
Source: T-Mobile Support (opens in new tab), Windows Phone Central Forums
Thanks for the tip Dustin H!
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and yes, they need to enable it.
What are you? Retarted?
WiFi calling isn't available for prepaid accounts.
Vista, my eyes,my eyes
Scarred for life
I, too, used a blackberry with UMA based wifi calling for a long time, because I was usually at home or work within Wifi range, but with poor T-Mobile signal.
For 2 years, I suffered with a Dell Venue Pro on T-Mobile, so I finally got on board with Straight Talk and got an AT&T Lumia 920 and have been very happy with that. But for a family member (or brand new ST user), I might consider a phone like this.
A friend at at&t told me that they have no plans of using WiFi calling. The reasoning had more to do with controlling call quality and not liking those very rare occurrences when WiFi calls can distort, delay, echo or break and disconnect.
People with weak DSL connections and large ping times had multiple issues. Some connections like satellite internet did not work at all. If you have good fiber or cable internet it should work fine if your using T-Mobile. Your carrier allows WiFi UMA or similar technology calling or they don't. Its up to your wireless carrier if they want to allow this.
This editor won't allow me to post link so search Google for "Jeff Sparks Wifi Calling". The first result will link to thread along with some screen shots.
The screen shots from my 8X show that the technology is IMS when you look at the installed OS components.
PS: Wifi Calling is very handy when you are outside of the country.
PPS: Nokia, what's a Nokia? Are those like bulky, poor substitutes for an HTC 8X? ;-) Sorry, couldn't resist. Everyone always talks about Nokia like the HTC doesn't exist.
With all your data backed up to the cloud by default, all you have to do after reset is re-enter passwords for services and re-setup your Tiles the way you like them. All apps automagically reinstall and accounts are setup but again, without usernames and passwords.
Personally, it was a nice refresh on my phone to re-think the home screen tile layout and sort of tidy up.