With FCC waiver in hand, AT&T set to add Wi-Fi calling to iPhones

After requesting a pass from the FCC back in June, the carrier finally has what it needs to offer Wi-Fi Calling on Apple's iPhone.
Written by Kevin Tofel, Contributor

After publicly calling out the FCC last week, AT&T received a regulatory waiver on Tuesday that will allow it to begin rolling out Wi-Fi Calling services on Apple's iPhone.

The carrier had planned to offer calls over Wi-Fi last month in conjunction with iOS 9 but those plans were held up.

The FCC requires that call services provide support for the hard of hearing under TTY rules so AT&T requested a waiver for tose rules back in June. A 45 day comment cycle came and went with no negative comments, yet the FCC didn't grant the waiver until now.

AT&T last week said that it didn't understand why or how rivals Sprint and T-Mobile could offer Wi-Fi calling since they don't have such waivers.

Even though AT&T is now moving forward with Wi-Fi calling -- there's no timetable yet but it should be soon -- it's still grousing about its rivals, saying "[W]e are left scratching our heads as to why the FCC still seems intent on excusing the behavior of T-Mobile and Sprint, who have been offering these services without a waiver for quite some time."

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