Why do I need a provider for Wifi Calling/Texting?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by ncrispi, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. ncrispi macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    I am a little confused with the T-Mobile and AT&T rollout of Wifi-services such as calling and texting.... Since it is over wifi and not a carrier .... why do I need a sims card or provider such as AT&T to use this feature..?
  2. BrettDS macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2012
    Because your phone number 'belongs' to the carrier. Wifi calling/texting allows you to use the same phone number to make calls and send texts whether you're on wifi or not.

    You can use other apps like Skype or text free to call or text on wifi, but it would be with a different phone number.
  3. Planey28 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Greater Birmingham, UK
    It's still part of your phone plan. It's exactly the same as a normal phone call, it's just routed differently.

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