I know the connections are going through orange servers, due to the UMA info on the wifi diagnostics screen, but I am hoping that free calls between UMA devices will come in, if they havent already, as surely this requires less 'work' from the orange networking system?
You really need to think as your wifi point being the replacement for the GSM tower. UMA does not permit direct UMA calls between handsets in the way you mention. There may of course be a method for billing UMA to UMA - but I can't imagine that a carrier would want to go down that route as how would you know that the person you were calling was on wifi or not. Doesn't the Orange 'Unique' service already offer a UMA free calling package???
Just to update this thread, I had this conversation with orange via email. Obviously it is not a written guarantee, but I will have to wait for the evidence in the billing now UMA is working in the office again:
I have no details available to me for the actual costs, but would assume that if the calls are being made through a hub/router within an office or home rather than by connecting to the network there would be no call costs.
I have checked with a colleague in our data team and she advised that the connection is local and not to the orange network so any costs should come from your internet connection.
Northern Implementation Team
Business Customer Services
Web: Orange UK Home Page
Meridian, Yarm Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 4XW
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From: Joe Burns
Sent: 19 February 2008 10:35
To: BCS, Implementation
These figures are slightly out of what we had agreed with the salesperson, but my enquiry was more enquiring to find out how calls made over a UMA connection were charged, due to the data being transmitted over a wifi connection?