Wifi calling question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ToomeyND, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. ToomeyND macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    Okay, I understand how wifi calling works. But what happens when you are connected to wifi but unable to access internet? Will the phone work?

    For example, there are times I'm at the airport, and my phone automatically connects to the wifi. However, the airport requires that I watch a 30 second video before internet will work. Before I'm aware of this due to a desire to browse, I have no idea that my mail is unable to fetch new info. This is because the phone is actively connected to a wifi network, and therefore tries to use it to refresh info, but internet is unavailable.

    In this type of instance, would the phone default to wifi calling, even though there is no connection? In other words, would the phone stop working?
  2. ToomeyND thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
  3. FSMBP, Sep 11, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2014

    FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    From what I read, the WiFi calling isn't just WiFi calling from any wireless spot. You still need a device from your carrier in your home that plugs into your home's wireless. So, basically, you won't be able to make WiFi calls from any place that has wireless. Just your home/office that has your carrier's router.

    The difference now is that it hands-off calls seamlessly. Before, it wouldn't hand off calls.

    Read the full article here about the T-Mobile version and their Cell-Spot Router.

    EDIT: Turns out I was mistaken, see posts below.
  4. ToomeyND thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    Thank you. Sounds like this isn't worth getting too excited over. Reading the article, it doesn't sound like the T-mobile router is the same as the ATT 3G Microcell. It just says that the router puts priority on phone calls for bandwidth.

    I still think it's a joke that ATT wants you to pay them extra to fix their network....grrrr....haha.
  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    I agree...I **need** an AT&T Microcell (horrible reception at my house); they should provide it to me at cost since their network is awful.
  6. dajazz macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2011
    I don't know how the iPhone 6/6+ will handle WiFi calling, but I have a HTC One S that I use on TMobile for WiFi calling all the time and you can be connected to any Internet source, but you have to have a complete connection. If you're at a hotel and you need to login and click a user acceptance agreement, then WiFi calling will not work until that process has been completed. I'd be very surprised if you were really tied to the TMobile router, my understanding was that it offers faster speeds and prioritizes calls and texts versus other Internet content, but any WiFi source should work.
  7. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    No. Wifi calling is exactly what you don't think it is. When you're connected to any wifi hotspot, the phone can route calls over the internet to your carrier.

  8. jtp098 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2010
    I used to have t-mobile and they had this for years on the black berries... it could be any router.. did not have to be the carries... I have never heard of t-mobile home internet. lol
  9. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009

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