Wi-Fi Calling is Here for the T-Mobile G2

T-Mobile’s G2 had some type of unofficial test update a month ago that brought Wi-Fi calling to a select few. After the story broke, T-Mobile released a statement saying that they were working on getting the update out to G2 owners in the future but would not confirm or deny that such an update was working its way out. Guess what? The update that G2 owners have been waiting for is finally here for all.

From T-Mobile’s website: “A software update for the T-Mobile G2 with Google (version 1.22.531.8) will [begin] rolling out customers, starting today. The software will automatically download to your device, and you will receive an installation notification when download is complete.  If you choose not to install when prompted, you can go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates to install the update.”

So what exactly does the new OTA (over the air update) bring to the G2? Quite a bit actually. The long promised Wi-Fi calling ability is there, as are general bug fixes. T-Mobile says that data connections now have improved reliability and that the update tweaks the software running the cellular radio to make sure that you stay on the network. Freezes and crashes are also fixed.

The company has long-term plans to get every Android powered smartphone on its network working with Wi-Fi calling and this looks like just one of many steps being taken towards that goal. I know the update has taken a lot longer than any of us figured it would to finally be released, but T-Mobile had a lot of bugs to work out for Wi-Fi calling. Hopefully more smartphones get the feature in the near future.

I recommend downloading the update via Wi-Fi since it is quite large. If you don’t see it yet but really want it, do a quick Google search to find the update file and the instructions. It is a little tricky, but if you have some basic smartphone knowledge you should be able to figure things out pretty quickly. Yes, it works kind of like putting an iPhone into recovery mode, so if you have an iOS jailbreaker handy, get them to do it for you.

Excited that Wi-Fi calling is finally here for the G2? Glad some of the promised bug fixes have arrived? Still waiting to see the update pop up on your phone? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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