iOS 8 beta 3 enables Wi-Fi calling for devs, hurrah!

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Just a quick heads up, I’m sure you guys will love to hear. Wi-Fi calling on an iPhone is finally here, and can be used. iOS 8 beta 3, which has just been released to registered iOS developers, includes a feature we read about during WWDC – Wi-Fi calling. Within the Settings app, the Wi-Fi calling feature can be toggled on or off.

In the menu – above – it states that “Wi-Fi calling will not work without entering your address. The address will be used when making emergency calls.”

Almost as soon as the discovery was made during the WWDC keynote, T-Mobile was quick to confirm that it would be supporting Wi-Fi calls on the iPhone. The fact that it’s taken three beta version to get here might be disappointing to some, but at least we can be sure it’ll make the final software. We also know that it’s going to be an option in the Settings menu that doesn’t require a third party app.

If any of you are developers, or have been using iOS 8 beta, be sure to let us know how you get on using Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone. That’s if you manage to get it working at all. Beta software is often full of bugs that need squashing. This could be one of them.

Via: iPhoneHacks

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  • Alex Zapata

    It took a while, but I’m sure it’s no less welcome as a feature.

  • http://michaelcrump.net Michael Crump

    How do you enable this? I looked under “Settings” -> “Phone” and have T-Mobile, but I don’t see the option.

    • Ah, Duh

      Do you have ios 8 installed beta 3?

      • http://michaelcrump.net Michael Crump

        Yes – I’m on pre-paid though.

        • Ah, Duh

          Wifi calling, in the past, has always been a feature for T-Mobile post paid customers. I haven’t heard that that’s changed. Anyone care to correct me?

        • Adrayven

          You’re correct. Post-paid only so a rep just told me..

        • A02

          Did they say whether or not it would stay that way? There are pre-paid phones with Wifi calling built in, so Wifi calling cant be a post-paid only feature. I could see it being that way during the beta period, but would expect it to be availible to prepaid at the iOS 8 release.

        • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

          When I had a T-Mobile phone with WiFi Calling, I used it all the time to receive calls for free and to place calls at home, where reception is weak. And i’ve always had a prepaid plan.

        • John L – TMUS

          So you currently don’t have T-Mobile but you want to talk about it authoritatively… GTFOH

        • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

          I don’t have a T-mobile PHONE anymore. I still use the same T-mobile plan now as then. But don’t take my word for it, rather T-mobile’s: t-mo{dot}co/TaEKIS

        • Stop Spamming BS

          WiFi calling is not postpaid only
          Prepaid might have to setup their 911 address but other than that it is a TMobile branded phone feature….

        • D. Maki

          Either way it doesn’t matter cause it still uses your minutes on prepaid.

        • Almeuit

          It’s a post paid feature only.

  • John Doe

    Not working on prepaid!

    • Almeuit

      It’s a post paid feature.. Sorry!

      • Deafmute

        Wrong again

        • Almeuit

          Nope! :)

  • HangmanSwingset

    I got it set up on mine. Plus Beta 3 is WAY smoother than Beta 2. Not a single crash yet, when before I would have had to reboot my phone at least once.

    • Ah, Duh

      Cute picture dude, but I digress.

      How is the call quality? And is there a way for you to confirm it’s actually a wifi call? Dumb question, but just to confirm, you’re on T-Mobile, right?

      Again, #nohomophobic with my picture comment. I was just giving you your proper respects.

      • HangmanSwingset

        Haven’t really tried yet. Been working on the PC all day, but once I get back home I’ll try.
        And thanks, it seems the girlfriend isn’t completely lying to me about my looks…

    • benjitek

      Mine’s crashed a few times so far, but nothing reproducible.

      • HangmanSwingset

        I have been beta testing since iOS 4, and I’ve got to say that iOS 8 beta 2 is by far the worst. And this is including testing on the iPhone 3G (not 3GS).

    • Dan

      Have you had WiFi calling enabled on this line for a different device in the past? I just called T-Mobile and they told me it’s something that they need to turn on in order for it to work, but since my account shows I have an iPhone their software won’t let them enable it.

    • ktula

      What is your iPhone model? It’s not working on my iPhone 5 (model A1429).

      • HangmanSwingset

        5S. A1533.

        • ktula

          Thanks. Looks like in this beta, Wi-Fi calling is limited to 5S (and possibly 5C). So far, i have yet to see a comment about it working on iPhone 5.

  • Mike

    No dice here with the $30/mo prepaid plan on beta 3

    • kev2684

      wifi calling is a postpaid feature.

      • will

        When did that happen exactly?

        • Almeuit

          It’s been that way for as long as I can remember.

        • tom

          Only unlimited WiFi calling was limited to post paid, you could always still use it on prepaid, it would just use up your minutes. Simple Google search would show this

        • benjitek

          Only enabled for post-paid on iOS 8, beta 3 :-(

        • Almeuit

          And as stated below…

          Thanks for trying with your Google comment :).

        • I believe the interwebs

          At least he didn’t say it’s says so on Wikipedia and the wiki don’t lie! LOL!

        • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

          Receiving calls on Wi-Fi is free even on prepaid.

        • kev2684

          I don’t know since you’ll need to add Wi-Fi calling feature when you sign up for a plan? probably 2-3 years ago when there were classic and value plans. not sure though.

  • Dan

    Not seeing that option here with T-Mo Simple Choice family plan and beta 3. Maybe there’s a pending carrier update that my phone hasn’t found yet. Currently T-Mobile 16.3, anybody else?

    • Solowalker

      It’s in Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling

      • Dan

        Nope:

        My Number

        Contact Photos in Favorites

        Respond with Text
        Call Forwarding
        Call Waiting
        Show My Caller ID
        Blocked

        Change Voicemail Password

        SIM PIN

        T-Mobile Services

        • Almeuit

          Postpaid or prepaid?

        • Dan

          Postpaid month to month (Simple Choice Family Plan)
          Has everyone here that sees WiFi Calling had it enabled on another device previously?

        • Solowalker

          Are you on wifi currently? Try restarting your phone and/or reseating your SIM. If that doesn’t work, file a Radar while you keep troubleshooting.

        • Dan

          Have you had another device with wifi calling enabled in the past?

        • Solowalker

          Nope. Always had an iPhone. But remember, this is a beta. Part of the purpose of it is for developers to prepare their apps, but another is to get more people using it and reporting the bugs Apple can’t find internally. It’s possible you’re seeing something that others haven’t yet and a bug report could get it in line for being fixed in the next beta. You can keep troubleshooting on your own but you should get a Radar files and let Apple help you (and you can help them).

        • inferno10

          I’m guessing you’re on an iPhone 4S or 5? Wi-Fi calling seems to be limited to the 5s, based on postings at various forums.

  • UMA_Fan

    Can anyone who has used this explain how the signal display indicator looks when on a WiFi call?

    • besweeet

      Currently, it keeps you connected to the cellular network (if you have service, of course). Hopefully it will allow you to turn off the cellular radio, like WP and Android devices.

  • S. Ali

    Is this going to be T-Mobile exclusive feature because that sets a strange precedent for Apple. They have never included any carrier features on their phone. The release notes specifically mention T-Mobile. Sprint and some international carriers have similar wifi calling features. I wonder if this was part of the 7-day test drive deal or part of something bigger to come. (Exclusive iPhone plan)

    • UMA_Fan

      I think a canadian carrier confirmed iOS wifi calling support and that’s it so far.

      • S. Ali

        Yeah, Rogers has reported WiFi calling support in iOS8, but its a paid add-on service on their network.

        • monkeybutts

          WTF that makes at&t and verizon look good.

        • S. Ali

          Yes, Canada is a perfect example of what would happen if we went to 3 national carriers.

    • FoilHat2000

      I wouldn’t start any conspiracy theories here now. AT&T don’t offer it and neither does Verizon. Could it be its a phone capability that’s available to any network operator and it’s a matter of which providers chooses to embrace it (by Apples technical methods)? Only reason Sprint hasn’t could be for technical reasons since they are all for non-standard propriety technologies.

      Also, amazes me how quickly we forget the iPhone was a exclusive AT&T device when it first came out, so by definition, no strange precedent has been made by Apple and it’s phones wifi capabilities.

      • UMA_Fan

        It’s not just the device. Your carrier has to support WiFi Calling AND you need a device that supports it too. For example, if you unlocked a T-Mobile wifi calling phone and used it on at&t you can NOT do WiFi Calling.

        I’ve long suspected the reason att/verizon have never supported WiFi Calling was because it could potentially deter some business account customers who bundle to see a need for both landline phones AND wireless phones AND home internet where if the wireless phones worked through your home internet that negates any need for landline phones.

        • kalel33

          I think the reason they don’t do it is because the average customer on AT&T and Verizon probably travel more and with WIFI calling you can be in another country and call back home to your heart’s content and not be charged a dime. That’s a big chunk of money that they’d lose, plus Verizon and AT&T have the network coverage to not need WIFI calling to fill in huge gaps in the network. That’s why it’s more beneficial for small coverage carriers, like T-mobile.

        • UMA_Fan

          The ‘not need wifi calling’ argument is BS. Both at&t and Verizon have countless indoor areas where coverage is non existent. Also in times weather knocks out cell towers WiFi Calling is a good back up.

          I’ve always said, when WiFi Calling hits iOS it’ll finally get the attention it deserves. At the very least people on at&t/verizon will be asking why they DON’T have this feature.

        • kalel33

          If you lived in the mid-west then you wouldn’t think that argument is BS.

        • D. Maki

          I live in Minnesota and agree with his statement, all carriers should have this feature regardless of if they need it or not.

      • S. Ali

        ATT/Verizon don’t have WiFi calling service. I do think TMO is forging a partnership here and wouldn’t be surprised if the results of the 7-day test drive don’t surmount to some kind of special deal this fall. Tim Cook’s Apple isn’t playing the games that Steve Job’s Apple did.

        • FoilHat2000

          Because in your reality T-Mobile the smallest national carrier is somehow more important to Apple than Verizon, AT&T or Sprint? Seriously? I think you’re reading way too much into it. You yourself said Rogers is offering that functionality as an Add on service in Canada, so your true thoughts are betraying your emotions… Just saying. I mean it can’t be tailor made and exclusive if Rogers can provide that feature.

        • S. Ali

          Sure it can, the US market isn’t Canada. You said it yourself, AT&T once had the iPhone exclusivity in the U.S, despite it being available on multiple carriers overseas. The iPhone has reached saturation point on Sprint/VZW/ATT, they aren’t moving any more devices (in fact they are losing to Android OEMs). Right now TMO is the most important carrier and 1/3 of its sales are iPhones. TMO is growing faster than the others and most of their customers are still unaware that they sell the iPhone. I fully expect a special iPhone plan this fall. Its just common sense.

    • Fabian Cortez

      They did something similar with AT&T and their microcell.

      Google “AT&T microcell iPhone” and view the images. All of that is included in the OS.

      • S. Ali

        Its a bit different. M-Cells act like regular towers (miniaturized versions) broadcasting on 850 or 1900 (using your ISP as its backbone). There isn’t any special code modification except to display M-Cell connectivity. WiFi calling (UMA) does require the inclusion of code to authenticate on each specific network since each carrier had a different implementation.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Well no, it’s not the same thing at all.

          But it was something custom implemented for AT&T.

          Wi-Fi Calling is OS-wide in iOS. There’s no favoritism. It’s not up to the carriers to jump on board.

          Granted, I doubt Wi-Fi Calling would have been implemented if T-Mobile wasn’t an official carrier.

    • Mortonmanor

      T-Mobile happens to be the only US carrier to currently support Wi-Fi calling. There are other carriers around the world that support it as well.

  • H Nathan Harper

    I was always under the impression that “Unlimited Wi-FI Calling” was a post paid feature, while the ability to make calls over wi-fi was dependent on the phone.

    • UMA_Fan

      You just need a T-Mobile sim card and compatible phone. That’s it! You can use WiFi Calling. All it is is cell reception via WiFi instead of a cellular tower. It’s crazy people find things to get so confused about over this. T-Mobile offered a free feature for post paid accounts long ago where WiFi Calling didn’t use plan minutes but it’s pointless now. The primary benefit of WiFi calling is reception. The second benefit is free calls back to the US when overseas.

      • tmoer

        It is crazy that some people would be confused, and have less of an understanding of WiFi calling than someone called UMA fan…… ( Therman right?)

        • Fabian Cortez

          Sarcasm?

          UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) > Wi-Fi Calling as it allows handoff between cellular and Wi-Fi and vice-versa while in the call.

        • UMA_Fan

          He’s thinking of Uma Thurman. The actress.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Yeah that’s why I was asking if he was being sarcastic.

  • Guest

    WIFI calling works with a prepaid account. Minutes are charged however.

  • Aurizen

    does it work automatically?

  • Jason

    Wifi calling sounds interesting. I can barely get any tmo signal at my workplace (UCSF). This will make my phone functional again at work. How about txt mgs? Will wifi get those through too?

    • Bud

      Turn on iMessage.

      • tmotech

        dude seriously pay attention txt msg, not iMessages

        • Bud

          moron, same principle as wifi calling.

        • tmotech

          no its not, two completely different systems. as long as wifi calling is enabled you can send sms. iMessages have nothing to do with txt msg. absolutely nothing.. if you don’t know how t-mobile systems work just don’t say anything

        • Adrayven

          Wrong.. iMessage is the system that decides if it send it via Apple’s iMessage system or falls back to sending SMS TXT message. When you open any texts on an iPhone, it’s in iMessage Application.. EVEN SMS messages.. always.

    • bkin94

      It’s my understanding that TXT messages should work when wifi calling is enabled “…or send text messages using your wifi connection”(http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.html)

      that said, I would appreciate confirmation that someone has tested this on an iPhone

      • CalicoKJ

        I can’t confirm on an iphone as the only one on my plan that uses one is not a beta tester, but I can confirm on android I can send standard text messages when Wi-Fi calling is enabled and I have no cell network signal.

      • Adrayven

        TXT’ing is buggy right now. Can seem to receive SMS TXT’s.. but it fails to send them..

  • Pelon

    I have iOS 8 Beta 3 and it seems to not work for me.

    • tmotech

      try to update the 911 address from the link “update emergency address” save it and power cycle. that worked for me

      • Pelon

        Ok, I’ll try that.

      • Pelon

        Thanks, it seams to work now.

    • rcater

      Does it only work for Iphone 5?

      • Pelon

        I have the iPhone 5S, So I wouldn’t be able to tell you, but I don’t see why it won’t.

  • simcity

    I downloaded ios 8 beta have a t-mobile account. Have updated my 911 address. Wifi calling says that I have to call customer service.

  • Tory

    My Wifi calling works perfectly, pretty annoyed that it doesn’t display anywhere that it’s a wifi call though… like it should say it in the phone app, or change the signal bars and “T-Mobile” to just saying “wifi” or the wifi network name

    • Cam Bunton

      This is Apple’s way. The “it just works” mantra is incredibly frustrating for those of us who like to see what’s going on.

  • FreydNot

    Where is the GPE love? I’d love to ditch Sense on my M8 but if I move to GPE I lose T-Mobile Wifi calling.

    • Nurdface Gamerhandz

      Ask Google to implement it on the AOSP level, otherwise never.

  • Buster Nutwell

    Best news ever!!!

  • Mark

    As others have indicated – there is no way to know if you are making a WiFi call. I just went into the basement of our office where there is no T-Mo signal but wifi and the phone shows No Service and the WiFi strength but you can make a phone call over wifi. iMessage and SMS don’t want to work at all – they – just say “Sending….”
    Call quality is the same as WiFi Calling on other handsets, but I haven’t called another T-M HD supported handset over wifi to know if those calls are HD.
    This is a beta so lets hope that the next release includes some sort of indicator.

    • Bob Archer

      Mark,

      Your post confuses me. iMessage has always worked using data even before WiFi calling existed. Unless of course you are sending a “text” message with iMessage rather than an actual iMessage.

  • John

    It looks like this is only working on iPhone 5s at this point. Could not get it to show up on my iPhone 5.

  • hit_the_lights

    Something that windows phone has been able to do for the past 2 years already.

    • Jesse James

      but a windows phone runs a windows OS so it already failed

      • hit_the_lights

        says who? You? Lol what a clueless dumbass.

        • Cesar

          No one buys Windows Phones.

        • Nurdface Gamerhandz

          yeah, no, he’s kinda right. Just traded in my Lumia 1520 for a Nexus 5, I figured I’d keep my crappy apps (Android) and crappy locked down ecosystem (iPhone) on two separate lines.

  • Wilfredo Martinez

    Does not work ! I get an error message saying… “Enable Wi-Fi calling on this account contact your carrier.” So I contacted T-Mobile and they told me that the Wi-Fi calling would be activated in two hours. I am using an iPhone 5s anybody else having issues like this?

    • Cesar

      You have to have the Wi-Fi Calling feature added on your account, also your E911 Address has to be up to date and correct.

  • simcity

    wilfredo is your iphone cdma phone?

    • Wilfredo Martinez

      Yes, it is the Verizon iPhone 5S, however I inserted a postpaid T-Mobile SIM Card and the Wi-Fi calling seemed to work. Only incoming texts worked and incoming calls. On the prepaid $30 T-Mobile plan I continue to get that error that I mentioned earlier.

    • Wilfredo Martinez

      Must be a problem with T-Mobile’s prepaid services, or random because other people on T-Mobile’s prepaid services say that it worked for them.

      • simcity

        I have verizon Iphone 5s and prepaid T-mobile simcard. I have the same error when try to use wifi calling. could be t-mobile prepaid problem.

        • Wilfredo Martinez

          Hopefully they start fixing these problems in the next betas. Because even the iPhone 5 doesn’t get the option of Wi-Fi calling it is limited to the iPhone 5S at the moment! T-Mobile BETTER support Wi-Fi calling on their prepaid lines or else! They cannot just only support postpaid customers that would be VERY anti-consumer of them!

        • vette98

          Has to be Tmobile branded iphone for WIFI CALLING to work

        • simcity

          are you sure about that? then why is it available on verizon ipone?

        • Tony Fella

          It will work if your phone has the T-Mobile carrier update

  • Wilfredo Martinez

    Has anyone actually gotten Wi-Fi calling to work on their iPhone with a prepaid T-Mobile account?

    • Adrayven

      Postpaid only

      • Mexicutioner

        Why only postpaid. Prepaid android users have access to this feature

  • Wilfredo Martinez

    Also there’s no indication that the phone is even on Wi-Fi calling at all. The status says “No Service” I fortunately texted myself and I was able to receive the text messages but unable to send any texts because they would fail.

  • Dan

    So, would this hypothetically work on an airplane that has been wifi equipped?

    • Adrayven

      yes

    • Ryan M.

      Probably not. Inflight calling is banned for good reason on most airlines – which means wifi calling is likely blocked.

  • vette98

    Finally after 1yr 5months later

  • Ashton3002

    I plan on switching to Tmobile for my reasons and I wanted to know since tmobile doesn’t have 4G or even 3G outside of cities could I use wifi calling while connected to a sprint phones hotspot if service isn’t avaliable because when I travel there are places where my mother’s Tmobile phone doesn’t have service where I do

    • David Lebron

      Yes you can :)

    • Guest

      If the firewall allows it. Most airline net block this to keep passengers from wanting to punch out a chatterbox.

  • Coleman

    I have an iPhone 5S from T-Mobile. It is currently running iOS 8 Beta 3. I can make and receive a wifi call, but I cannot send a SMS Text Message. Although I do receive SMS Text Messages. Is there a carrier update I am missing? or is this a iOS 8 beta 3 problem? Also I find it intreasting I have had iOS 8 Beta 3 for a few days now, but I have just started receiving SMS Text Messages this morning, in the past I’ve always had to go find reception.

  • Roger Sales

    It’s just amazing that Apple made this decision to support a consumer friendly feature on the smallest national carrier – love it.

  • Steve S

    I don’t think this will end up being something your carrier has to approve. Apple will probably make it totally separate… Which would make it so you can make phone calls on your ipod as well, just assign you a random number which has no carrier connection.

    • Coleman

      Yes it will. A SMS is sent through Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint’s server before relayed back to the phone. Without a carriers support it is impossible. Also that will never happen on the iPod, Apple will do nothing to lessen the use of an iPhone or even come closer to being one. They want people to switch to an iPhone from an iPod in hopes to gain market share. That’s all this battle is over!

  • Joseph Jay

    Will this Wifi work with a unlocked ATT iphone and my tmobile sim?