Carrier AT&T Wi-Fi Calling from International locations?

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  1. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    It seems to work, although somewhat intermittently and a with a little unexpected behavior.

    I've played around for parts of the day today, the most reliable approach seems to be placing the phone into Airplane Mode, turning the phone off, then on, turn on and connect Wi-Fi, turn on and connect to VPN back to the US, turn off Wi-Fi, wait a bit, turn in Wi-Fi and it'll auto-connect the VPN and "AT&T Wi-Fi" shows up a few seconds later. I say this is intermittent because it worked 80% of the time I tried to "force" it this way today. Every other approach I tried seems hit-or-miss and not repeatable. And, it tends to stay connected to AT&T Wi-Fi calling for hours, although it sometimes does drop.

    Interestingly, I can turn off the VPN and it'll stay on Wi-Fi calling usually for at least several minutes, but in one case for an hour. But, after I make one call, it drops to just Airplane Mode + Wi-Fi (no Wi-Fi Calling).

    I can also take it out of Airplane Mode, and it'll stay and show under Settings:Carrier "AT&T Wi-Fi". But, it'll drop seconds to minutes later and switch to a local roaming carrier on its own.

    Using this approach the iPhone acts as if it's in the US even though it's physically located somewhere internationally. It's weird though, I can make calls, but while they are ringing it shows "dial assist". When sending text messages, if I paste an image it'll be sent as an SMS but the text above/below are "blue" iMessages.

    I have been unsuccessful in initiating a Wi-Fi call this way without the VPN, although I can get the phone to briefly display "AT&T Wi-Fi" sometimes for a few seconds. It's just not long enough to do anything useful.

  2. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2009
    Right from AT&T's website:

    "Can I use Wi-Fi Calling outside the U.S.?
    No, Wi-Fi Calling isn’t available outside the U.S., Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands at this time."

    This is different from how T-Mobile chose to implement it, I believe. Not sure why it is working sorta for you but I wouldn't wanna use it since I'm sure AT&T can detect where you are and bill you accordingly.
  3. Mr. Zarniwoop thread starter macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    I suspect that's not the case, but I'll find out soon.

    It seems to work for me (and I suspect everyone else with a good enough Internet connection) because of the US-based VPN. For all practical purposes, to AT&T, the call is originating from the US.
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Wonder if a jb hack could go around this AT&T limitation and let you make wifi calls for free from outside the US...
  5. Mr. Zarniwoop thread starter macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    This appears to now be fully supported without any workarounds or VPNs. Today, I received the following text message:
  6. Speedman100 macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2013
    This is exactly how Verizon handles Wi-Fi calling from international locations, so it would make sense for AT&T to offer the same level of service.

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