Oct 13 AT 1:57 PM Nick Gray 15 Comments

T-Mobile speaks up about rumored G2 OTA update

We certainly don’t like to bring bad news, but it looks like yesterday’s reports of a G2 OTA update may have been premature. T-Mobile has issued a statement which indicates that the G2 will eventually get Wi-Fi calling and tethering capabilities sometime in the future. While we don’t doubt some of the reports that popped up yesterday, it looks like T-Mobile isn’t exactly ready to roll out these new Wi-Fi capabilities to all G2 users.

As we mentioned yesterday, we’d be surprised if T-Mobile decided to give the G2 these new features before the launch of the new myTouch. Why give something away for free when they could easily use it as a key selling point for a new handset?

Wi-Fi Calling and tethering Wi-Fi sharing are not currently supported on the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile knows these features are important to consumers and we’re working to deliver them to G2 users in the future. We have nothing further to announce at this time.T-Mobile Support

Source: Phone Scoop

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website JGarrido

    “Why give something away for free when they could easily use it as a key selling point for a new handset?”

    My guess is because of all the flak they’re getting about many of the negative experiences people are having with the device.

    • Nick Gray

      I know a few people have been complaining about the G2, but I can say that I’m definitely a very happy customer. Every handset has a few issues that people don’t like, but the G2 is by far the best Android phone I have ever used (and I’ve used/reviewed quite a few).

      • Uncemister

        agreed.

  • http://Website Sally

    This really makes me mad. Why would T-Mobile roll out the update to like 10 peopel and not give it to everyone!? I’m hoping that “in the future” really means some time before the end ofthe week.

  • http://Website DROID Sam

    I was thinking that it sounded too good to be true. But at least it’s nice of T-Mobile to admit that they are working on those features for the G2. I might have to jump ship and head back to T-Mobile once they do roll this out to their Android phones.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    In other words: As soon as we figure out how to charge for it…

  • http://Website reddragon72

    Well seems as though someone hit the button a it early. finding out now that the update was actually supposed to start rolling out on the 18th, next Monday, and someone scheduled the OTA to start today. Once T-Mobile seen that people we talking about the OTA they shut it down. So what poeple have is legit, just early/lucky legit.

    Oh and for those that think it is going to be charged for, the app stated in the Tutorial… “Wi-Fi Calling lets you say goodbye to spotty coverage. With Wi-Fi calling you can send and receive calls and messages over a Wi-Fi network using your existing T-Mobile plan. There is no special setup needed to Wi-Fi calling. From the applications tray, select Wi-Fi Calling to turn on Wi-Fi and select your network. Once you see the Wi-Fi calling icon in the status bar, your phone is ready for Wi-Fi Calling. To stay on a Wi-Fi call, remain in the range of the Wi-Fi network. You’ll get and audible beep and screen message letting you know when a call may drop as you leave the WI-Fi range.
    There is even a FAQ section in the app that states Calls and messages made over WI-Fi will be charged like cellular calls.

    There, and if you doubt that then I’ll do a screen shot of it later tonight.

  • http://Website DROID Sam

    “Calls and messages made over WI-Fi will be charged like cellular calls” so what you’re saying is that T-Mobile will be subtracting your allotted minutes and sms even over Wi-Fi? Just doesn’t seem fair.

    • Uncemister

      Yeah, it actaully used to be free and unlimited use when I used it on my old UMA Shadow(r.i.p.)

      Now it charges you minutes and texts like normal, the advantage is now you have guaranteed signal with calls that will never drop in your wi-fi area.

      But I agree, it doesnt seem that fair since it used to be the other way around.

  • gnb

    I am coming to a G2 from a rooted first gen MT3G. I consider myself to be a heavy user of my device and I nearly set the MT3G on fire on more than one occassion. First thing everyone does when a device hits the market is tear it apart for what it can’t do. What about what it can? I’m not crying over the lack of wifi tethering or wifi calling. If it comes? Fantastic. But if not, I can still enjoy my HSPA+ coverage and my Google Voice. I’m enjoying this device more than any I have owned before it and am pleased with my choice.

    Carry on with your nay-saying.

  • http://Website JJ

    Thanks RedDragon, I can hardly wait to get the Wifi Calling. I am in desperate need of it and get tired of switching my sim card back to my Blackberry every night when I get home.!!

    Have you used the Wifi calling yet RedDragon?? Does it work as well as UMA on the BB?? I have LOVED UMA on the BB and it works like a charm. Takes me from NO reception in my home to PERFECT reception.

  • http://Website dylan

    I’d like to see wifi calling come to the nexus one.

  • Uncemister

    Well that is a shame, I really was looking forward to that. But its not the end of the world, the G2 is still a great device and when it does eventually get UMA and tethering then it will be even better.

  • http://Website jon3sey

    Cyanogenmod will most likely allow these features before the ota update. Hoping to get a g2 this weekend.

    Posted from rooted g1 (2.2)

  • http://Website octavio

    i love the G2. coming from a rooted mytouch 3g to this device is like trading in my winnebago for a ferrari. its so much faster, load times are inexistent, its powerful enough to game with or watch a movie in crystal clarity, it feels solid in your hand and not plasticy or cheap, it looks forged out of aluminum and is just all around a more handsome device.

    i am so satisfied with my purchase and can rest assured that since its running stock android 2.2 ill probably be first in line when gingerbread, honeycomb, and ice cream are released. (crossing my fingers).

    if youre in the market to buy a new device on Tmobile, you cant do much better than this one right now.