Does T-Mobile Wifi calling use minutes?

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  1. JawneeWin macrumors 6502

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    If I enable Wifi Calling on my iPhone 6, will it use up my minutes?
     
  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, most T-mobile postpaid plans have unlimited minutes though.

    Prepaid T-mobile plans I'm not even sure if they get wifi calling (someone correct me if I'm wrong).
     
  3. JawneeWin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm on a prepaid plan, and it lets me enable Wifi Calling.
     
  4. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Did you actually make a wifi call? Or did you simply flip a switch on your phone?

    Only way you can know for sure it was WiFi calling is to turn on airplane mode + wifi before making the call.
     
  5. JawneeWin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, I went to Settings>Phone>WifiCalls and switched it on.
     
  6. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Ah, I see.

    Turn on airplane mode + wifi and try to make a call to see if it works.

    I'm interested in hearing your results :)
     
  7. JawneeWin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The purpose of Airplane mode is so it disconnects everything... It's impossible to turn on wifi with Airplane mode on...
     
  8. travis64 macrumors 6502a

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    Um no it's not...just do it
     
  9. H2K03 macrumors member

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    That's not true. Turn on Airplane Mode then tap the WiFi icon and it will turn on WiFi without turning on the cell connection.
     
  10. JawneeWin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Lol oh oops. But yeah, it works... So... Does it use my minutes or not? Hmm...
     

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  11. SundayDuffer macrumors 6502

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    It works for me.
     
  12. Snot Rox macrumors 6502

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    I've used wifi calling while on airplane mode and looking through my call usage on my account, it appears it uses your minutes. It would say "wifi calling" by the number I've called when calling via wifi on the account
     
  13. milhouse994 macrumors regular

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    Not to pile on, but yeah you can. Hence it working with WiFi on flights. :)
     
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  15. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-9997

    p.s. got any pics of the "babe" you were calling? :D ;) :p
     
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  17. mylexon20s macrumors regular

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    Another great part of having WiFi calling from T-Mobile if you aren't really familiar with it, is that if you go out of the country and connect to WiFi at a hotel or cafe, you can make/receive calls back to the US without paying for them. I used to have business customers (especially airline pilots) that this helped out so much with their monthly bills. If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.
     
  18. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    The call sounds like a regular cell phone call but with a higher latency. When it took it off wifi, it it failed to kick back to cellular. I'm not impressed so far.
     
  19. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    I have used tmobile wifi calling on different phone including windows 8 phones and the Galaxy 5s. I am using the iPhone 5c and it is leaps and bounds better. All phone benefit from a non busy residential broadband connection. Meaning no one is on using Internet when you make a call. The only exception I have found is Verizon fios which makes excellent wifi calls. In other words the upload/download speed is directly related to call quality.
     
  20. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    The network is only not getting hit at all and I have a clear signal to my access point. I'll have to look into QoS settings.
     
  21. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the $30/100 minutes/5gb pre-paid plan, and wifi calling definitely IS NOT working. Oh well. That's the sacrifice for paying $116/yr for service. :cool:

    EDIT: I stand corrected. 8.0.2 must have reset the wifi calls option in settings. I do have it! :)
     
  22. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Huh? :confused:

    $30 per month (for 100 min and 5gb) times 12 months = $360 per year right?
     
  23. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, unless you buy some $90 sim cards off eBay for $29 each, then transfer the balances to your account. 4 x $29 = $116 for $360 value. :cool:
     
  24. cjake, Sep 26, 2014
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    I have 8.0 as installed when purchased on 6 Plus. WiFi calling has worked since day 1. I also have the T-Mobile $30/5GB plan.

    I turned off Cellular. Connected to WiFi. Made a 10 second call to an 800 number. T-Mobile app showed minutes used increased from 12 to 13 after the call. So WiFi calling definitely counts against minutes for the prepaid service.
     

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