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    WiFi Calling… beware Data settings

    Woo hoo!! I somehow got an exceptionally competent CS Rep, who said my account wasn’t properly “provisioned”, she did some magic, and WIFi calling now works on my TF/Verizon iPhone SE 2020!! Woo hoo! Total of about 20 hours and 15 reps over many months, but it’s working!

    She even had me make a call, then turn WiFi calling off, and back on, to make sure it worked. Woo hoo!

    Then she said something interesting, to check all data settings, and turn WiFi calling off when not needing to use it, that WiFi calling will eat through data.

    I don’t know if that’s correct, but thought I’d share it, just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tftess View Post
    Then she said something interesting, to check all data settings, and turn WiFi calling off when not needing to use it, that WiFi calling will eat through data.
    I'll call B.S. on that one. Having WiFi on all the time might use your battery power, but has no effect on Data usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tftess View Post
    Woo hoo!! I somehow got an exceptionally competent CS Rep, who said my account wasn’t properly “provisioned”, she did some magic, and WIFi calling now works on my TF/Verizon iPhone SE 2020!! Woo hoo! Total of about 20 hours and 15 reps over many months, but it’s working!
    That's great that you got it working.

    Just to be sure though, does it show "Wi-Fi" to the right of TFW near the top on the iPhone SE 2020 when you have it in Airplane mode and with Wi-Fi on like in image below?

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    This is the way iPhones visually show working Wi-Fi calling.

    Testing Wi-fi calling:

    Before you can use your Wi-Fi Calling feature, you will need to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on your phone using instructions below. Once your Wi-Fi calling is enabled, you can test it by turning on the Airplane Mode On your phone and make a call or send an SMS.
    Last edited by tomseys; 12-28-2021 at 08:26 PM.

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    It is great that you got it working but it would be even better if we knew exactly what the CSR did and how others can get theirs fixed. To do the test, did you have to put the phone into Airplane mode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    I'll call B.S. on that one. Having WiFi on all the time might use your battery power, but has no effect on Data usage.
    Gotta agree with ya there! The only way that could work is if WiFi-Calling was on but WiFi was off...then it uses Data instead. Don't think so!!

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    Does Google voice work using data if wi-fi is unavailable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tftess View Post
    Then she said something interesting, to check all data settings, and turn WiFi calling off when not needing to use it, that WiFi calling will eat through data.
    That one is almost as bad as you need to be out of minutes to use Wi-Fi calling.
    It just uses minutes when you make calls with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomseys View Post
    That's great that you got it working.

    Just to be sure though, does it show Wi-Fi to the right of TFW near the top on the iPhone SE 2020 when you have it in Airplane mode and with Wi-Fi on like in image below?

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    This is the way iPhones visually show working Wi-Fi calling.

    Testing Wi-fi calling:
    Thank you!

    I spoke too soon.

    Nope, I don’t see that, and it’s not working. If I turn on Airplane mode and try to make a call, I get the message that Airplane Mode needs to be turned off.

    At least I was able to enter the E911 address, that was a first!

    I give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tftess View Post
    Thank you!

    I spoke too soon.

    Nope, I don’t see that, and it’s not working. If I turn on Airplane mode and try to make a call, I get the message that Airplane Mode needs to be turned off.

    At least I was able to enter the E911 address, that was a first!

    I give up.

    Yeah you got the first switch, which is what I thought happened.
    There needs to be something else activated in the account.
    Something that new lines get. Or new accounts. Or special transfer events that trigger it.
    A certain configuration of provisions (I think).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cv91913 View Post
    It is great that you got it working but it would be even better if we knew exactly what the CSR did and how others can get theirs fixed. To do the test, did you have to put the phone into Airplane mode?
    She only said my account “wasn’t properly provisioned” and apparently, it still isn’t.

    I asked, “I turn on airplane mode, and try to make a call, right?” and she said no, just make a call. I (stupidly) thought she could see something I couldn’t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracfancier View Post
    Does Google voice work using data if wi-fi is unavailable?
    Yes. But I don't think WiFi Calling uses Data. Heck, the main reason for having WiFi Calling is something to fall back on when cell signal is weak/unavailable, which means Data signal is weak/unavailable too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracfancier View Post
    Does Google voice work using data if wi-fi is unavailable?
    Yes. In GV settings, you can select "Prefer wi-fi and mobile data" to make and receive calls. GV will use wi-fi if available. If wi-fi is unavailable, GV uses data (if data is turned on).

    The other option is for you to use carrier minutes to make and receive calls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomseys View Post
    That one is almost as bad as you need to be out of minutes to use Wi-Fi calling.
    It just uses minutes when you make calls with it.
    It didn’t make sense to me, but…

    This just keeps getting worse and worse!

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    I think it’s time to get Google Voice, and give up on WiFi calling through TF. I wanted WiFi calling because there are numerous signal dead zones here, including much of my house.

    Any highly recommended GV tutorial/best practices sites? Thank you!

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    Maybe the CSR was thinking that if data is on wi-fi calling would revert to becoming data calling and you would be charged for both talk minutes and data.
    Last edited by Tracfancier; 12-28-2021 at 09:21 PM.

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