AT&T Fires Up Wi-Fi Calling Support

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AT&T announced on Wednesday that the FCC had granted a waiver allowing the cell service provider to enable Wi-Fi calling, and on Thursday the company followed up by actually turning on the feature. Wi-Fi calling lets iPhone owners use broadband connections via wireless networks for phone calls when their cell signal is too weak.

AT&T enables Wi-Fi calling for iPhones and other smartphonesAT&T enables Wi-Fi calling for iPhones and other smartphones

The company said it would offer Wi-Fi calling support when the feature was first unveiled as part of iOS 8, but it didn't start showing up on iPhones until the beta for iOS 9 was released. Some beta testers were able to use Wi-Fi calling, but everyone else had to wait until it was officially turned on.

AT&T needed the FCC waiver before officially supporting Wi-Fi calling because of regulations related to the TTY systems hearing impaired people use for phone conversations. With the waiver in place, AT&T was free to activate the feature, which is exactly what the company did today.

Enabling Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone takes a couple steps. Be sure to check out The Mac Observer's tip on getting Wi-Fi calling up and running.

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Progress, now I get an error

We can’t turn on Wi-Fi Calling for your account. Think this message is a mistake? Ask the person who can make changes to call us. The number is 800.331.0500.”

I bet it AT&T attempt to get us Unlimited Data s to switch, again-)


I checked my 5S.
Maybe not available in my area???
Anyhow… no go for me yet.

Gary Dauphin

AT&T is only supporting it on iPhone 6 and higher.

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