5s Wifi Calling?

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  1. UPBaylor macrumors member

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    Quick question that a search just left me still unsure of the answer: Does the 5s support wifi calling with the latest iOS? I'm trying to find out for a relative. Thanks!
     
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  3. saintsfan1970 macrumors newbie

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    I have a 5S on AT&T and it isn't supported; so it must depend on the carrier.
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    It has it on my 5S. UK, TMob/EE network.

    The setting is carrier specific but yes, the phone itself does support it. So you'll need to check with the carrier for a definitive answer.
     
  5. UPBaylor thread starter macrumors member

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    My BIL is on AT&T also, so I guess not. We have AT&T, but we have 6s's so no problem. That seems illogical, but perhaps someone can explain it to me?
     
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    I'm a little confused. Are you saying you have Wi-Fi calling on your 6S with AT&T, but saintsfan doesn't have Wi-Fi calling on their 5S with AT&T?

    Or you don't have Wi-Fi calling with AT&T on your 6S either?
     
  7. UPBaylor thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry for the confusion. We have Wi-Fi calling just fine on our 6s's. saintsfan doesn't on his 5s. My BIL has a 5s and I was trying to research it for him.
     
  8. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    This seems odd; the 5S supports Wi-Fi calling under T-Mobile.

    Is there some sort of hardware in the iPhone 6 that allows it to support Wi-Fi calling under AT&T, that's lacking in the 5s, but the hardware isn't needed for T-Mobile? Or is this an artificial restriction from the carrier (at&t)?
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    AT&T doesn't support your device for Wifi calling.
    iPhone 6 and newer iphones only.
    AT&T has, since the inception of wifi calling, only supported it on iPhone 6 and newer iPhones (so 6, 6s, SE, iphone 7 and 7 Plus only at this time). They have never supported or enabled it for iPhones older than the iPhone 6.

    So while the iPhone 5S as a device supports the feature, AT&T has never supported it on that device. They are able to pick and choose which devices they enable the feature with on their network.
     
  10. saintsfan1970 macrumors newbie

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    Saintsfan doesn't have it on HER 5S :p
     
  11. theshoehorn macrumors 6502

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    I think AT&T decided to only support WiFi-Calling on the iPhone 6 and above because the 6 and up support VoLTE. Because of that, they can do handoffs between the cellular network and WiFi seamlessly. Otherwise, your call would drop when you moved out of WiFi range or the quality of the network dropped.
     
  12. UPBaylor thread starter macrumors member

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    Whoops! My apologies for the wrong assumption!

    Thanks for the more technical explanation. Is that different from Verizon and T-Mobile which (I think) both support WiFi calling on the 5S?
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    I don't believe Verizon supports it.
     
  14. theshoehorn macrumors 6502

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    That's my understanding too.
     
  15. saintsfan1970, May 22, 2017
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    saintsfan1970 macrumors newbie

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    :D no problem
     

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