4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 12, 2011 1:38 PM by skypewifiuser Branched to a new discussion. RSS

    Wifi calling on Verizon Android devices??


      Do any of  the current or planned future Android devices on Verizon have wifi calling?  The only information I find is about wifi connections, but not wifi calling.  I think wifi calling is one of the best and most under rated features out there.


      I have a BB through work from tmobile.  For $9/month we can add a wifi calling feature.  When I travel internationally all I have to do is turn off my cell connection and connect to a wifi network in any hotel, coffee shop, or client office.  They I can get all my e-mails, surf the net, and make calls basically for free because all of it goes through the wifi instead of the cell plan.  You don't need any kind of international or global phone or plan.  I recently did this while in Argentina for 8 days and it was awesome.  


      I won't upgrade my personal phone to a newer Android device unless it offer some similar kind of wifi calling option.

        • 1. Re: Wifi calling on Verizon Android devices??

          not anything through verizon.  You can use sipdroid and gvoice callback in the market for wifi calling with no extra charge though.

          • 2. Re: Wifi calling on Verizon Android devices??

            Indeed, Verizon has always been a little 'feature restrictive', to put it lightly (this is the company that wouldn't even allow you to use bluetooth transfers or your own music as ringtones for years), so I doubt they'll allow a joint version of Skype or anything like that to support it any time soon, but, as PJNC said, there are third party apps that support it.  Keep in mind, though, that Google Voice (gvoice, as PJNC called it) will only have free calling through the end of the year, and will begin charghing (it is being reported) low rates to make calls through it next year. 

            • 3. Re: Wifi calling on Verizon Android devices??
              There's LOTS of third-party wifi calling options. Google Voice, Fring, Skype are the three that come to mind, but I know there's plenty of others too.

              I used Fring for my girlfriend for a while because where she lived AT&T was the only carrier that had any reception, her parents had T-Mobile and I have Sprint, so instead of her having her own individual AT&T plan with a crappy phone, we saved her money by putting her on my plan with a smartphone and doing Fring wifi calls (great high-speed internet, but no cell reception, it's a heavily wooded area near a college >_>)... Worked great for the 4 months we used it.
              • 4. Re: Wifi calling on Verizon Android devices??

                I love Verizon,  I have a samsung Galaxy S   3GS  which I love.  BUT, I hate the fact that when I am overseas I cannot use Skype WIFI while I can use  WIFI on my phone for everything else....I cannot afford to use Verizon (no one can) international calling from overseas to stay in contact with my family.   1) What is the reason why Verizon prohibit use of Skype WIFI?     2)   is there plan to change that in the near future?   3)  What about  going to 4G /LTE  is there a plan to add SYPE WIFI for international calling from outside USA?    4) Is there any Verizon phone that allows use of Skype WIFI ?    I hate to think that  I have to go to AT&T ....


                Can someone shed some light?