iOS 8 Beta - WiFi Calling [How To Enable]

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  1. cariacou, Jul 7, 2014
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    cariacou macrumors 6502a

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    Did anyone have time to check if one can now call over WiFi ?

    (I believe T-mobile US is the only operator supporting this so far)


    ---------- EDIT (Summary this thread's info) --------

    WiFi Calling is different than continuity
    Continuity= call routed from iphone to ipad/mac over wifi.
    WiFi Calling = calling from your phone without using your cellular connection.

    [​IMG]

    FAQ:
    * Compatible Devices: iPhone 5s, 5c (supposedly all versions. Known to work: A1533 T-mobile, A1533 Verizon)
    * Incompatible Devices: iPhone 5, 4s (4s seems ruled out, but 5 could see a software update?)
    * Compatible carriers: T-mobile ONLY (AT&T & Verizon have no plans to activate it. Sprint hinted about being interested)
    * Compatible Plans: ALL (yes, all. even prepaid. the screnshot above is with prepaid)
    * Costs the same price as a regular cellular call on your plan (free up to 10c/min nationwide. not sure about abroad)

    Known Issues:
    * Cellular Handover. Wi-Fi calls don't transfer to cellular when moving. The call drops.
    * Yosemite/ios8 Handover/Continuity. >does it work seemlessly ? call/text from other device?

    Required Steps To Activate Wi-Fi Calling:
    * Hardware: Make sure you have a compatible SIM card: IMS-compatible sim (TM9177 or higher printed on your sim)
    * Carrier Side: EDIT your home 911 address. (if it is already there, modify 1 line). ALL lines have to be entered (Address#2, ZIP,etc...), or Wi-Fi calling won't work.
    * iPhone Side: Settings>Phone>WiFi Calling>Enable


    Test Your Setup:
    * Make sure you turned on Wifi Calling
    * Go To Airplane Mode (make sure the airplane icon is here)
    * Turn Wifi ON
    * After 30seconds you should see "T-mobile Wi-Fi as the carrier" next to the airplane icon
    * Send a text or make a call. It goes through!
     
  2. Afbar1114 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure T-Mobile with need to send a carrier update for it to be enabled
     
  3. chekz0414 macrumors 6502a

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    The carrier has been updated to 16.3... on beta 3
     
  4. cariacou thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Now that gives some good hope :)

    Did you find anything in the settings to enable/disable wifi calling ?
     
  5. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    [​IMG]
     
  6. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    To activate Wi-Fi Calling functionality for T-Mobile (US only), please follow these steps:

    Go to Settings -> Phone -> Wi-Fi Calling
    Toggle the 'Wi-Fi Calling' switch to ON
    If the carrier does not have user's registered emergency address, you will be asked to add it before the feature is activated
     
  7. iThink Apple macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone know if Sprint will have this as well? COME ON SPRINT!!!
     
  8. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    They should. Anything to take the load off their crappy network.
     
  9. cariacou thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yay !!!

    is it working ?

    I'm buying a developper membership tonight :)
     
  10. ronm99 macrumors 6502

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    I would be interested in hearing how well T-Mobile / WiFi calling works. I'm seriously thinking of switching to T-Mobile, but I need to be able to use my phone in my house (which has terrible reception with everyone). Right now, I have a Verizon network extender. WiFi calling would be much better!
     
  11. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    http://9to5mac.com/2014/07/07/ios-8-beta-3-activates-wifi-calling-feature-for-u-s-t-mobile-iphones/
     
  12. chekz0414 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have that... is Wi-Fi calling only for monthly subscribers?
     
  13. cariacou thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    dang it... I'm on prepaid too :/ the walmart $30/month is just too good...
     
  14. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    Don't be taken in by all their advertisements. They have A LOT of work and then SOME to do on their network. The band 4 LTE is horrible. The signal is so bad, even though all the towers have been upgraded. Using the iphone 5S, it bounces back and fourth from Edge to 4G to LTE. The battery drains so much faster with T-Mobile. It also gets a lot hotter.

    Try T-Mobie thoroughly in your area before committing.
     
  15. chekz0414 macrumors 6502a

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    Hehehe I am on the $2 a day plan!!!
     
  16. etie27 macrumors newbie

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    T-mobile allows wifi calling on other phones with prepaid plans. So I'd assume it will work the same for the iPhone on the 30 dollar plan (which I have). It will count against your minutes apparently, but I'm fine with that. At least I'll be able to make/receive calls in all areas of my house.
     
  17. cariacou thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    you were faster than me !
    I just asked the question on Tmobile live chat, and got the same answer. (without any explicit support for the iphone, but I don't see why it would be any different)
     
  18. powerbookduo macrumors newbie

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    My phone doesn't seem to be showing the new setting. I'm postpaid and have already tried rebooting the phone and force quitting settings. Any ideas?
     
  19. cariacou thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    did you get the carrier update ?

    if not, try going to airplane for ~5minutes, and come out of it.
    or connect it to your computer with itunes.

    this should force the carrier update to happen
     
  20. BruiserB macrumors 65816

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    T-Mobile Wifi Calling

    Anyone activate it yet? Is it as simple as turning it on? Any other enrollment necessary?

    I believe it still uses your plan minutes, correct? Has anyone tried from overseas to make a "local" call without roaming charges?

    Please post your experiences with this feature in this thread! Anxious to know more about it!
     
  21. powerbookduo macrumors newbie

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    I tried that, but I didn't receive an update. I was running the new carrier version 16.3 already.
     
  22. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    Try the T-Mobile test drive program.
     
  23. ronm99 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the feedback! It is something I am a bit concerned about since Verizon is famous for having the best network.

    I'll probably try out their "test drive", and worst case, I can always go back to Verizon since there is no "contract".

    Interestingly enough, right around my neighborhood, my T-Mobile iPad gets MUCH better download speeds than Verizon does.

    ----------

    I definitely want to try out the test drive, although I was going to wait until I could try out WiFi calling while I'm at it.

    I was going to wait until iOS8 is released, but since I'm a developer, maybe I could get one of their iPhones, update it to iOS8, and then revert it to iOS7 before returning it. Hmm ...
     
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