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    WiFi calling on Verizon Towers?

    Does anyone have WiFi calling working on Verizon Towers with Tracfone? I used to have a BYOD iPhone on T-Mobile towers and WiFi calling worked. Recently switched to a new iPhone and Tracfone sent me a new sim with the Phone which is on Verizon.

    I can switch on WiFi calling on the iPhone and set up E911 but I get an error when trying to call using WIFi only. Thanks


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    I don't think Verizon does wifi calling on TF or any mvno at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_in_nyc View Post
    Does anyone have WiFi calling working on Verizon Towers with Tracfone? I used to have a BYOD iPhone on T-Mobile towers and WiFi calling worked. Recently switched to a new iPhone and Tracfone sent me a new sim with the Phone which is on Verizon.

    I can switch on WiFi calling on the iPhone and set up E911 but I get an error when trying to call using WIFi only. Thanks
    Wifi calling with Tracfone only works with T-Mobile.

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    I have WiFi calling on both the A50 and A51 on Verizon based Straight Talk, but I am using branded phones tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_in_nyc View Post
    Does anyone have WiFi calling working on Verizon Towers with Tracfone?
    Wifi calling doesn't operate on the cell tower, it operates on Wifi networks either at home or businesses that offers access. Wifi calling works of the internet instead. WiFi offers too little range to establish and maintain a usable signal from outside of a fixed location (normally 40 feet from the router at most).
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    Wifi calling works on TF/AT&T, too. Phoenix 2, iPhone SE 2016 and 2020, in my case.

    If I try it on the iPhone SE 2020 with TF/VZW it behaves like in the first post - the set up looks good, but it doesn't work in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Port View Post
    Wifi calling doesn't operate on the cell tower, it operates on Wifi networks either at home or businesses that offers access. Wifi calling works of the internet instead. WiFi offers too little range to establish and maintain a usable signal from outside of a fixed location (normally 40 feet from the router at most).
    Yes I understand. What I meant was my underlying network on Tracfone is Verizon. If I go into airplane mode with WiFi turned on and try to make a call I get an error message even though the phone and tracfone allow me to set up WIFi calling.


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    I have WiFi calling on my old iPhone SE on Trac VZW. Not sure how I got it to work but I suspect it has to do with me sim swapping between my Trac branded SE and my Simple Mobile SE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arny56 View Post
    I have WiFi calling on my old iPhone SE on Trac VZW. Not sure how I got it to work but I suspect it has to do with me sim swapping between my Trac branded SE and my Simple Mobile SE.
    A Simple Mobile sim is TM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_in_nyc View Post
    Yes I understand. What I meant was my underlying network on Tracfone is Verizon. If I go into airplane mode with WiFi turned on and try to make a call I get an error message even though the phone and tracfone allow me to set up WIFi calling.


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    Doesn't airplane mode turn off wifi as well as cellular? Maybe that's not what you meant, but if you did, try turning off just the cellular connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RVaughn View Post
    Doesn't airplane mode turn off wifi as well as cellular? Maybe that's not what you meant, but if you did, try turning off just the cellular connection.
    On some phones, airplane mode turns off Wifi, but you can then turn Wifi back on by itself (without cell service). On older phones, airplane mode doesn't turn off Wifi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Port View Post
    Wifi calling doesn't operate on the cell tower, it operates on Wifi networks either at home or businesses that offers access. Wifi calling works of the internet instead. WiFi offers too little range to establish and maintain a usable signal from outside of a fixed location (normally 40 feet from the router at most).
    Could have been shorthand to indicate they were using the Verizon network

    Or maybe not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpz1 View Post
    A Simple Mobile sim is TM.
    That’s true, but I don’t use that sim. I swap a Trac VZW sim into it.

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