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Three UK Follows EE to Launch Mobile Calls and TXT over WiFi

Saturday, June 21st, 2014 (7:31 am) - Score 2,554

Mobile operator Three UK has announced the forthcoming launch of a new App (‘Three inTouch‘) that will allow their customers to talk and text, using existing allowances, over a WiFi based wireless Internet connection, such as the one that most people have at home or even via a public hotspot connection.

The Three inTouch service, which follows immediately after rival EE announced the forthcoming launch of an identical product (here), is expected to be made available to all customers from early August 2014 and will be offered free to all their contract, SIM and Pay As You Go (PAYG) customers.

ThreeUK Statement

With Three inTouch customers can make and receive calls and text messages when they connect to Wi-Fi. It’s a free app which uses their existing monthly allowance or prepaid credit for any minutes or texts used. The service is seamless and uses the customers’ usual Three phone number.

Three inTouch will particularly improve the experience in places where there is typically no mobile signal.

It’s worth pointing out that BT and Virgin Media have also launched similar solutions for their fixed line home broadband and phone connections (e.g. SmartCall). Well it beats having to boost the existing mobile signal by femotcell technology if you can do practically the same thing by using an existing wifi network, although having such an app running all the time probably isn’t going to help your mobiles battery life.

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  1. Avatar Unknown101 says:

    Isn’t BT when they release their network with the joint MVNO deal with EE going to do this but without the smart talk app? So if your in an area with one of the new homehubs (the next one as I understand the 5 isn’t able to do it) then instead of using the local EE network all calls text and data will go via the hub without even having to connect to any wireless or do any fiddling on apps? These apps are okay but it’s just hassle opening them up making sure you don’t walk out of the wireless signal area.

  2. Avatar ShadyCreek says:

    O2 have been offering this for ages with the TU Go app. Picking up on one of the article comments, it makes no noticeable different to my iPhone battery life.

    These apps are superb for international travel, and I’m sure for those that live in weak cel service areas. I also find it useful in 2G areas for getting messages out via SMS rather than Apple Messages which often linger or fail on GPRS. Despite all the cel provider spin about coverage, the number of areas still not covered by 3G (never mind 4G) is wearing a bit thin.

  3. Avatar DanielM says:

    Am still waiting for them to complete the provisioning. but here is a quick look (with a bad 4g signal) and calls are free till mid july apparently.

    http://ppl.ug/JrOlzqh__fw/

  4. Avatar Philip Smith says:

    Three if you read this visual voicemail for iPhone please!

  5. Avatar Alex Ward says:

    Three inTouch has gone live today on iOS and Android, mine started working this afternoon.

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