Carrier AT&T M-Cell v. AT&T WiFi

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AT&T M-Cell v. WiFi Calling

  1. Microcell

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  2. WiFi Calling

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  1. George Knighton macrumors 6502a

    George Knighton

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    Which way would you go with this, given a marginal signal otherwise?

    Now that we have WiFi Calling, is there any advantage to keeping the M-Cell powered?
     
  2. radiologyman macrumors 6502

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    I have unlimited data but my anytime minutes are limited, so ATT wifi calling makes weekday calls unlimited too. Plus wifi calling goes through my router which has a lot better range and bandwidth then microcell. I think that my home wifi is now faster that microcell is unplugged
     
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Not really, M-Cell can be a pain to configure and not always reliable. It's extra gear that's no longer needed, and you're still either using your minutes (if you're on an older plan) or paying extra for the privilege of not using them.
     
  4. southerndoc macrumors 65816

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    I have about 1-2 bars in my house, which for some reason makes my phone not consistently connected to WiFi calling. I have 4 access points throughout my home, and unfortunately, none of them support 802.11k/802.11r. That means I can't walk around the house without having a lag period when my phone switches from one WAP to another.

    The MicroCell gives me 5 bars around my house (with exception to the basement). It does take a while to configure properly, but if you place it in your router's DMZ, it makes it a lot easier.

    In my opinion, the MicroCell works better than WiFi calling.
     
  5. George Knighton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do I gather correctly from today's experimenting that HD Voice works on WiFi Calling, but not on a Microcell?

    Or is it just a coincidence that no Microcell call sounded like HD Voice?
     
  6. mountainman macrumors member

    mountainman

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    Been using WiFi Calling since beta. Had a Microcell at the time, LTE/4G cell service inside my house is 1-2 bars max and only in specific locations. After using WiFi calling for a few days the Microcell was given away and I have not looked back. WiFi calling is crystal clear and works flawlessly so far. Microcell was never very good voice quality.
     
  7. George Knighton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well.... I guess the Microcell's getting packed away. :)
     
  8. NikeTalk macrumors 6502a

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    I believe wifi calling counts against your minutes.
     
  9. George Knighton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    They might change their minds at some point but right now they say, no.

    Most of their domestic plans these days are unlimited calling, anyway.
     
  10. Americasteam macrumors member

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    I have a microcell. I'm keeping mine due to family and friends being on Android and not having access to wifi calling. I had removed my number from the microcell, but it kept connecting anyway so I just added it back. If everyone that visited or lived in my house had access to wifi calling, I'd probably just disconnect it. The good thing is when the microcell drops, as it does from time to time, I still have service.
     
  11. southerndoc macrumors 65816

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    When my MicroCell was down recently (after I rebooted the router), my phone never connected to WiFi calling. Not sure why.

    Any thoughts?
     
  12. ericgtr12 macrumors 6502a

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    ^ This. LTE is normally around 2 bars, which causes both my wife and I's phones to go through the battery at twice the normal rate. It appears that this isn't a low enough signal to trigger wifi so it never comes on as to where mcell is alway on and gives 5 bars consistently. For us, where we live, Wifi calling is useless.
     
  13. George Knighton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, that's interesting.

    Two bars of 4G LTE on an iPhone 6S Plus triggers WiFi Calling in my case. Once triggered, my iPhone remains on WiFi Calling until I've left the coverage of the router.

    Five bars with the MicroCell, of course, and better battery life.

    But the more that I experience HD Voice on either good LTE signal or WiFi Calling, the more I want to be sure that I stay on HD Voice if it's available.

    Now...walking outside or getting in your car while you're on a WiFi Calling communication can be problematic. If you don't have enough 4G LTE signal to continue HD Voice as you leave your router's coverage, you're going to drop the call.
     
  14. dave006 macrumors 68030

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    Sorry but no AT&T Wi-Fi calls don't count against your plan minutes:

    • Make and receive unlimited domestic calls within the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands at no additional charge.

    Source: http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/features/wifi-calling.html
     
  15. DotCom2 macrumors 68030

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    Disconnected and packed up my Microcell and went Wi-Fi all the way.
    NO REGRETS!
     
  16. ericgtr12 macrumors 6502a

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    What's the threshold? For us, two bars is not enough to trigger it. It's never came on for us even though we set our phones up for it.
     
  17. WarcraftWidow macrumors member

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    Two bars seems to trigger wifi calling for me most of the time. But sometimes I notice two bars and no wifi calling symbol in the status bar. Maybe the threshold is somewhere in the two bar range but I don't want to change my status bar to show he numeric cellular signal strength.
     
  18. DotCom2 macrumors 68030

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    I consistently only ever get 2 dots or less and it says AT&T Wi-Fi persistently.
     
  19. George Knighton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you put your iPhone into airplane mode except for WiFi, is WiFi Calling triggered at that point?
     
  20. George Knighton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right now I'm showing -108 dBm, and that is bad enough to keep it in WiFi Calling.

    That is two bars on my phone.

    To show your signal strength, go to the Phone App and dial *3001#12345#*
     
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  23. lordofthereef macrumors G5

    lordofthereef

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    Just to clarify, there shouldn't be a threshold for wifi calling. If you have a viable wifi signal it should be on irregardless of your cellular signal.

    I've seen wifi calling just drop off (on our T-Mobile line) seemingly randomly. Our shows are stup to download at max bandwidth and so this may be an uplink/downlink issue, unsure of that. I don't pay attention when the media center is pulling loads of data. It just goes when ready lol.
     
  24. George Knighton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure about that? How do you know that?

    Coming off of Airplane Modr to test that, I dropped WiFi Calling immediately, evidently just because I was in a place to have a three ball LTE signal.
     

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