WiFi Calling still shows cellular reception?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by MattMJB0188, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. MattMJB0188, Sep 11, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2014

    MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    Why does it still show the cellular reception strength? Every Android phone I have used with WiFi calling disables the cellular connection. iOS 8 does not. I ask because I am concerned with low signal and battery life. That's really my only gripe with it so far. Call quality is excellent.

    iOS 8GM with iPhone 5S here.
  2. Billymac19 macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2011
    Phila, PA
    you can always turn on airplane mode then toggle wifi on and it will connect to wifi calling
  3. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    Tried that. While wifi connects, wifi calling does not.
  4. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    I can confirm turning airplane mode on, then turning wifi on does allow wifi calling to work. You can send text messages, but MMS does not work on wifi calling.
  5. cariacou macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
  6. grinny11 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2008
    I've been in the jungle using tmobile wifi on the beta for the last week on wifi. It's been working perfect. Just upgraded to the GM (took two days to download the ipsw) and it's still working great without any cellular reaction over wifi.

    I'm actually really impressed how well it works.
  7. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    As I've stated many, many times on here, I am not the only person in my house that logs on with my user name on here.

    It does, however, I have noticed it does turn wifi calling off sometimes when the device is idle, but it comes right back on. Call quality is excellent. Sending texts over wifi calling can be slow, but works. I have had a few texts fail to send.
  8. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010
    How the hell did this entire community not know that,and remember it
  9. Cr0nus macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2011
    Boston / LA
    How did SMS and MMS (e.g. group chat with android) work for you?
  10. VTECaddict macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2008
    I agree that the signal dots are a bit redundant. I also feel that they could have come up with a more elegant solution to signify wifi calling...like the wifi logo with a phone next to or on top of it. "••••• T-Mobile Wi-Fi" on the status bar is unnecessarily long and eats up half the space.

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