T-Mobile’s signature Wi-Fi calling service is becoming an even more tempting offer; as expected, the U.S. carrier’s partner recently announced that any UMA-enabled smartphone with an Even More or Even More Plus plan can talk over a local Wi-Fi network without it counting towards their monthly minutes (as was the case previously).
UMA services are currently enabled on T-Mobile’s Android devices and most BlackBerry smartphones, but it looks like this new free service is for Android only. Looking at their FAQ, it seems like the service is a little bit different from the @Home service on BlackBerry, which manages to do seamless hand-off between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
This is a big step in having cell phones replacing land lines, and fights back against Verizon’s attractive VoIP offering through Skype. T-Mobile has an uphill battle completing their merger with AT&T, but it’s good to see that they’re working to stay competitive while they’re still the underdog.