Rogers Communications is launching a Wi-Fi voice service for smartphones based on Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA). Rogers new Wi-Fi Calling for Business lets business owners and employees place mobile calls from their smartphones over Wi-Fi networks registered on their devices. The service is available starting at $10 per month as an add-on to existing Rogers Business Voice Plans.

With the $10 per month add-on, customers can make calls over the Wi-Fi network that won’t count towards monthly voice plan minutes. Calls that originate on a Wi-Fi network are automatically transferred to the Rogers 3G wireless network when the person leaves the Wi-Fi coverage area.

UMA is a technology already embedded in many handsets today, including a variety of BlackBerry models. UMA-enabled handsets can access the cellular network through Wi-Fi, which lets customers automatically switch from their office Wi-Fi networks from the same smartphone and number. UMA also helps boost coverage in places like basements where cellular network coverage may not be as strong.

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