Rogers Announces WiFi Calling For Business

If you’re a Rogers business customer and you have a cell phone with WiFi access, you might want to pay attention to this. My “best friends at Rogers” pointed me to this press release that announces their WiFi Calling For Business service:

Rogers exclusive new Wi-Fi Calling for Business lets business owners and employees place mobile calls from their smartphones over Wi-Fi networks registered on their devices.  The service is available starting at $10 per month as an add-on to existing Rogers Business Voice Plans.  With the $10 per month add-on, customers can make calls over the Wi-Fi network that won’t count towards monthly voice plan minutes. Calls that originate on a Wi-Fi network are automatically transferred to the Rogers 3G wireless network when the person leaves the Wi-Fi coverage area.

UMA or Unlicensed Mobile Access isn’t new technology. It’s been around for quite a while and quite a few handsets that Rogers sells have UMA capability. However their network has never supported this functionality. Why it hasn’t is anyone’s guess. The real questions are will anyone else (Bell, Telus, Wind) join the party, and when will Rogers allow consumers to join the party too?

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