Carrier PSA: EE now supports Wi-Fi Calling on iCloud devices

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  1. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    This weekend EE dropped a carrier settings update to become (what I believe to be) the first carrier outside the US to support iCloud Wi-Fi calling.

    They are branding it "EE smart number technology".

    This means that you can make and receive calls and texts on your other iCloud-connected devices, even when your iPhone is not on the same Wi-Fi network.

    However, to send and receive SMS text messages your iPhone must be switched on and connected to the carrier network, either by cellular or Wi-Fi Calling (much like the cellular Apple Watch).
     
  2. dbrewood macrumors newbie

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    And as I'm in the process of migrating to EE that is way cool!
     
  3. Brookzy thread starter macrumors 601

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    Some things to note after playing with it extensively yesterday and today:
    • You can only use a maximum of five devices (i.e. your iPhone plus four additional iCloud devices)
    • Cellular Apple Watches are included in that limit, despite having their own cellular plan
    • You can still use the older iCloud Continuity calling features at the same time as using iCloud Wi-Fi Calling
    For example I have an iPhone, two cellular Apple Watches, an iPad, a MacBook and an iMac. Ideally I would like to use iCloud Wi-Fi Calling on all of them, but this isn’t possible. (You can actually set it up and it will work, but eventually EE kicks one or more devices off - usually the Macs - and you have to set them up again to get them working.)

    However, the iMac never moves (obviously) so I can be sure that when I have access to the iMac, I will also have access to my phone. That means that I can have iCloud Wi-Fi Calling enabled on everything except the iMac, and still use the old iCloud Continuity calling on the iMac. That will do for now. :)
     
  4. borgranta macrumors regular

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    If you had only one apple watch then this would not be an issue.
     
  5. Brookzy thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah when the Series 4 comes out I think I will drop to one, but I like having the two looks.
     
  6. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    cheers for this i got an update available alert on my phone from EE so wondered what it was for. I have the series 3 too so can use my watch for this too then
     
  7. dbrewood macrumors newbie

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    I'm still on Plusnet until I migrate on to EE on the 12th/13th.....
     
  8. Donfor39 macrumors 65816

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    What's the difference with wifi calling I use via o2 via iphone8.
    Please explain though I don't plan to use EE
     
  9. tarsins macrumors 6502

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    The difference between O2 and EE is that on O2 you need to be on the same WiFi network to make a call. I noticed they left the iPhone X off their device list - probably an oversight.
     
  10. Donfor39 macrumors 65816

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    Thanks as I have been using wifi calling whilst home for quite some time.
     
  11. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    But Haven’t Apple supported WiFi calling on iOS devices for years? What’s the difference between this and o2’s WiFi calling?
     
  12. Brookzy thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yes, Wi-Fi Calling has been supported on iPhones for years, but this update is about Wi-Fi Calling on iCloud-connected devices. This means devices other than your iPhone.

    Previously, to make a cellular call from your iPad or Mac, your iPad or Mac had to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone, and your iPhone had to be turned on.

    With this feature, each of your iCloud-connected devices gains their own Wi-Fi Calling connection straight to EE, which means each can make and receive calls via your iPhone's carrier even when your iPhone is switched off (or not nearby, or not on the same Wi-Fi network).

    This also means that non-cellular Apple Watch users can leave their iPhone at home, and still make and receive phone calls and texts provided they are connected to Wi-Fi.
     
  13. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    Yes I understand the difference between what EE are offering and what Apple have offered for a while but my question is what is o2’s WiFi calling? It seems as though it’s a moot point if you have an iPhone.
     
  14. MattXDA macrumors 6502

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    With O2, you can only call using your phone. When you place a call on iPad/Mac it connects to your phone first.

    With EE, phone falls in the sea. MacBook still makes phone call, no phone needed. Big difference. You could bin your phone and still be able to make calls
     
  15. iGeek2014 macrumors 68000

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    Glad to see EE have enabled this feature at last!

    I have an iPad Pro w/an o2 SIM in it; seldom use the SIM for data as it’s always at home so received the pop-up when I’d turned it on on my iPhone.
     
  16. iOZZY macrumors member

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    On my primary EE iPhone 6 Plus if I turn this feature on can I make calls on my iPhone SE (on BT Mobile) whilst still maintaining my primary EE phone number (so people know who's calling) or does it only receive?
     
  17. iGeek2014 macrumors 68000

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    Have just tried it on my iPad Pro and called my work iPhone; came up as my EE number.

    I know BT Mobile support WiFi Calling but it might not work (doesn’t on my o2 number when mobile data on iPad is enabled but connected to WiFi)
     
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    I can’t get this to work on my Apple Watch. Works fine on iPad but when I try on Apple Watch it says ‘Call Failed’
     

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