wifi calling with AT&T for iOS 9 on iPhone 5s

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by ghanwani, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

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    I just tried to enable wifi calling on iOS 9 on my iPhone 5s with AT&T, but it looks like the setting for enabling it does not exist.

    Any ideas if this is expected to become available? If not I may be forced to switch to T-mobile because I have very poor reception at home and was hoping iOS 9 would help address that.

    Are folks with iPhone 6/6+/6S/6S+ able to enable wifi calling on AT&T?
     
  2. jallenclark macrumors regular

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    I tried with a 6 plus and it told me that it is not available in my area.
     
  3. estabya macrumors 6502

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    My wife's 6+ had the option, and it was enabled no problem. My 5S doesn't have the option. If I remember right I think I read that AT&T is only enabling wifi calling for iPhone 6/6+ and up.
     
  4. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I read now too on googling, but it's not clear why they would do that.
     
  5. estabya macrumors 6502

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    My guess would be so that you'll buy a new phone. They only have voice over LTE on the 6 and up too.
     
  6. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No good. If I upgrade to a new phone now, it will be the shortest time that I have ever owned a phone (aside from losing it). I kept my iPhone 4 for 3 years and was hoping to repeat that with the 5s.
     
  7. estabya macrumors 6502

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    Yeah it's definitely some BS. T-Mo has both features on iPhone 5 and up I believe. I don't have much of an interest in upgrading until they come out with an updated 4" iPhone. Fingers crossed, but I wouldn't be surprised if it never happens :(
     
  8. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    Your guess would be incorrect. The Wifi calling service from AT&T is currently just a trial. The only phones getting the service during the trial are phones that can use VoLTE since this is needed for proper handoff to the network. Once the service rolls out I assume more phones will be able to use the service.
     
  9. estabya macrumors 6502

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    Oh ok I had never considered that. Do you know why AT&T doesn't support VOLTE on the 5/5C/5S?
     
  10. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    They would but Apple did not build the capability in until the 6 and 6 Plus.
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203078
     
  11. estabya macrumors 6502

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    I wonder how then T mobile uses wifi calling for iPhone 5 and up without VoLTE.
     
  12. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    VoLTE is not required for WiFi calling, its only required for smooth handoff and at the moment a requirement to participate in the AT&T trial.
     
  13. estabya macrumors 6502

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    Oh gotcha. Just count of curiosity how do you know this? Seems like useful information to have! Do you know if/when the trial is up we will see wifi calling with a carrier update on older iPhones?
     
  14. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    Too much reading and retaining of information. In place of TV I spend my "extra" time reading and it has been written about in tech articles at different times. I don't know when it will be finished with the trial. I just was able to make it work on my 6 plus after putting in a ticket to ask for an account change.
     
  15. cariacou macrumors 6502a

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    they don't.
    Tmobile doesn't support iPhone 5 with WiFi calling.
    they support 5c and 5s which has different hardware
     
  16. estabya macrumors 6502

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    5C and 5 are the same phone so....

    Looks like it was available for iPhone 5 in early iOS 8 betas, but support was dropped for some reason before official iOS 8 release.
     
  17. megfilmworks macrumors 68020

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    Same here. IMG_8249.jpg
     
  18. cariacou macrumors 6502a

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    Nope.
    5c and 5 are different phones. they share a lot of similar hardware but not all.
    hence why wifi calling can work on 5c but NOT 5.
     
  19. estabya macrumors 6502

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    The only difference is cellular bands... Maybe I'm just uninformed, but I don't understand how that would have any effect whatsoever on wifi calling. Do explain...

    EDIT: also, wifi calling DID work on iPhone 5 in early iOS 8 betas, so we know it works.
     
  20. Pspressart macrumors regular

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    I just got a text thanking me for being in the Wi-Fi Calling Beta Trial. It goes on to say the commercial version of the operating system is available and has fixes to address issues, etc.
    I am on the 9.1 public beta, and it is still working for me.
     
  21. nephipower macrumors newbie

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    I just updated my wife's iPhone 5S and it does not have the option to enable it either. I was expecting to see it since I got the option on my iPhone 6. According to this Apple site the 5S should definitely support wifi calling.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203032
     
  22. WannaGoMac macrumors 68000

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    6+ iphone. Crud, doesnt work in my area either. Was one of two reasons I decided to upgrade to ios 9 and lose my jailbreak.
    AT&T SUCKS. You can't provide a darn map of where it works or not???
     
  23. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    It most likely works in your area but the provisioning has not been done on your specific account. It was the same for me but via chat and a little time I had that fixed. I explained that I wanted Wifi calling and that I had access to the correct hardware and I am in an area with VoLTE which is a current requirement to participate in the trial. Try a chat with AT&T and if they do not follow, simply try again. Its a trial service so maybe not all agents are aware of the details yet.
     
  24. theshoehorn macrumors 6502

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    VoLTE actually is/was not a requirement... I'm in an area that does not have it and activated just fine back in the PB...
     

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