Unlicenced Mobile Access (UMA)
Can anyone tell me anything about Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) - which is sometimes called Generic Access Network (GAN)?
My problem is that there is no mobile phone signal inside my house. I live some distance away from my local base station and my house is at the bottom of a dip. I do, however, have a wifi router/modem for my landline internet connection at my house.
A wifi enabled mobile phone can, of course, access the internet/web pages etc. via this wireless network. However, I understand that there is a system called UMA (or GAN), whereby some wifi enabled mobile phones that are connected to some networks can also receive and make mobile phone calls via such a connection. I am struggling to discover whether or not this facility would be of any practical use to me at my home location. For a start, can anyone answer the two questions below:-
As regards the handset, I can only find the UMA feature referred to in literature advertising Blackberry phones. Is it only Blackberry phones that support UMA, or do phones made by other manufacturers also support the feature?
As regards the network operator, do any of the main networks in the UK (e.g. vodafone, orange, tmobile, three, virgin, talk mobile etc.) support UMA and, if so, which ones?
I thank in advance anyone who is able to help me here.
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