11-24-2009 04:51 PM
That's not really the same thing that we are discussing Wendy, We are discussing "Talking over wifi" which att does not support. You may be talking , but it is not over wifi. Your internet 3G/EDGE connection will default to wifi if its available and that is the only roll your wifi has with att. (at least for now)
11-26-2009 12:33 PM
Just to let everyone know, AT&T is AT&T. Your on your own to figure out what their products can and can't do. The phone went back, and I've switched to T-Mobile.
The T-Mobile 9700 does exactly what I was looking for. I can make calls over various wireless networks where there is no available cell service. It has actually worked very well. Calls have been good and clear even on one network that has very heavy network traffic on. So with T-Mobile, I can now talk to my customers during the day, and they can reach me too where with the AT&T service, they couldn't. However, the drawback is the limited cell coverage provide by T-Mobile across the US. Overall I don't spend a lot of time driving and talking on the phone at the same time, so this is a good move for me.
It's a shame, but no surprise, that AT&T doesn't have folks that understand their own products, not to mention the cellular technology available in the systems and phones of today. It's hard to understand with AT&T why they don't move forward with UMA services especially when the providers are all starting to offer unlimited minutes. This would take some load off their networks, and help those customers that don't have the coverage where they need it. From a consumer point of view, I see only positive reasons for providing these services. I'm sure if someone at AT&T knows what UMA is, they probably have a reason, but I doubt that it would make any logical sense.
So if your looking for UMA support, it appears as of this date, only T-Mobile is the only major carrier that can provide the service.
Oh, and I like the BB9700 over the 9000 that AT&T provided. The 9700 is smaller compared to the 9000, and the "trackpad" is much better than the "trackball" on the 9000.
11-26-2009 01:36 PM