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iOS 9 Extends Continuity Phone Call Features to Cellular Connections

With iOS 8, Apple introduced Continuity, a set of features that allow iOS devices and Macs to interface in new ways. One of the Continuity features allows the iPad and the Mac to receive both text messages and phone calls, so long as your devices, including your iPhone, are all on the same Wi-Fi network.

In iOS 9, accepting phone calls or text messages on your iPad or Mac routed from your iPhone is getting even better, with the addition of cellular support. With iOS 9, your iPhone no longer needs to be on the same network as your iPad or Mac for call forwarding to work.

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That means an iPhone can continue to forward calls to a Mac or an iPad even when it's in an entirely different physical location. So, for example, if you forget your iPhone at home, you can continue to receive incoming calls on your Mac while at work, so long as your Mac is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

The feature is tied to Wi-Fi calling, and as noted by The Verge, T-Mobile is the first U.S. carrier to support cellular Continuity. In iOS 9, T-Mobile devices have Phone settings that can be toggled on to allow calls on other devices.

"Wi-Fi calling for other devices allows other devices signed into your iCloud account to make and receive calls using your carrier account even when your iPhone is not nearby," reads the description of the feature.

On phones from other carriers, this setting reads differently: "Use your iPhone cellular connection to make and receive calls on devices signed into your iCloud account when they are nearby and on Wi-Fi."

Developers running iOS 9 who use T-Mobile can access this feature immediately, and beta testers will receive access in July, when iOS 9 is provided to public beta testers. It is not known if other carriers will implement support for cellular Continuity before iOS 9 launches in the fall.

Related Roundup: iOS 9
Tag: T-Mobile


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14 months ago
still need to solve 5 Apple devices ringing the same room.
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you know, when you pick up one to answer a call and the other 4 devices are still ringing and you have to leave the freaking room because you can't hear the person on the call.
Rating: 63 Votes
14 months ago

still need to solve 5 Apple devices ringing the same room.
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you know, when you pick up one to answer a call and the other 4 devices are still ringing and you have to leave the freaking room because you can't hear the person on the call.

Also, when you take the call on your phone and later your MacBook is claiming you have a "missed FaceTime call".
Rating: 25 Votes
14 months ago
I can't wait to use this when AT&T finally enables WiFi calling.

*dies waiting*
Rating: 22 Votes
14 months ago
This is so freaking cool. T-Mobile coverage may not be as good as ATT / VZW, but when they continue to stay ahead of the game like this, it makes me feel even better about being a customer.
Rating: 13 Votes
14 months ago

That means an iPhone can continue to forward calls to a Mac or an iPad even when it's in an entirely different physical location. So, for example, if you forget your iPhone at home, you can continue to receive incoming calls on your Mac while at work, so long as your Mac is connected to a Wi-Fi network.


This is a really huge feature. Apple should've talked about this for a while and shortened that messy Apple Music intro :P
Rating: 10 Votes
14 months ago
So in theory I can leave my iPhone anywhere, and just take my iPad out? BLACK MAGIC.
Rating: 8 Votes
14 months ago
What kind of future scifi amazeballs **** is this?!
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago

still need to solve 5 Apple devices ringing the same room.
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you know, when you pick up one to answer a call and the other 4 devices are still ringing and you have to leave the freaking room because you can't hear the person on the call.


They need to treat it like Apple Watch. When all things are in continuity mode, only "audibly" ring the one that's on...or something like it. Maybe a default device like your...cellphone.


I read something on another site that there are new settings for this.

The article was called 18 features in iOS 9 you may have missed during the keynote ('http://www.imore.com/17-features-ios-9-you-may-have-missed-during-keynote')

From that article:
11. Choose which of your devices get phone calls and texts
Don't want your phone calls to ring your iPad? Prefer your texts stay off your work Mac? In iOS 9, you'll have granular control about what rings where, and you'll be able to turn certain machines off entirely.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago

Hmmm, wondering out loud if I can leave phone at home, travel internationally with an iPad or another iPhone, stick a local SIM in it and receive calls/messages without having to pay international roaming fees. Local SIMs are so much more affordable than paying AT&T/Verizon roaming, which is probably why they will be slow to never adopting this.


I traveled to Argentina last January and while being on WiFi I could use my T-Mobile iPhone to call to the US and receive phone calls. All worked great.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 months ago

still need to solve 5 Apple devices ringing the same room.
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you know, when you pick up one to answer a call and the other 4 devices are still ringing and you have to leave the freaking room because you can't hear the person on the call.


Continuity would be so much more useful if it was smarter about knowing whether or not you are near enough to or using your device and then ringing that device and that device only. Any more than one device ringing at the same time is annoying and sometimes even kind of disorienting.

Say you have your phone in your pocket or on your desk and you're using your Mac. Suddenly a call comes in. The phone should ring while the Mac gives you a silent notification, meaning you can answer on your Mac if it's more convenient, but you don't have two different rings from two different devices at once.

If you're using your Mac but your phone is more than 10 feet away from it then the Mac should handle the ringtone and the phone shouldn't make a sound but still light up that a call is coming in.

Maybe the new Intelligence features will eventually come to encompass this. Because the current implementation is kinda not very smart.
Rating: 5 Votes

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