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AT&T WiFi Calling Now Available for Some iOS 9 Users

The most recent iOS 9 beta added WiFi calling options for AT&T subscribers, but when the beta was released last week, the feature was not functional.

As of today, some users in the MacRumors forums who are running iOS 9 noticed a different message when attempting to activate the feature, and just hours later, WiFi calling began working for a limited number of AT&T subscribers.

When attempting to activate WiFi calling in the Settings app, users who have access to the feature are receiving a welcome screen, a disclaimer, and a notice that WiFi calling has been activated and should be available within a few minutes. During the setup period, users are required to enter an address that emergency services will visit as a caller's location cannot be determined from a WiFi call.

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Following a short waiting period, WiFi calling becomes ready for use with the "Wi-Fi calling on This iPhone" option toggled on. While a few of our readers have had success getting the WiFi calling feature working, several other users do not have access, suggesting AT&T may be testing the feature in a limited number of areas ahead of launch.

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WiFi calling was first introduced with iOS 8, and shortly after the feature debuted, AT&T announced plans to support it. The company has not made any further announcements, but it is likely an official launch will come after iOS 9 is released to the public in September. An AT&T employee who is also a MacRumors reader says that his store has not received word on an upcoming launch, so official word on further availability of WiFi calling may still be a few weeks off.

WiFi calling is a feature that lets calls be placed over a wireless connection when cellular connectivity is poor. It is similar in function to Apple's own FaceTime audio feature, and has thus far been limited to T-Mobile and Sprint users.



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14 months ago

That AT&T WiFi calling icon looks like an art intern cranked it out in 5 minutes.


I fixed it... you're welcome

Rating: 8 Votes
14 months ago
That AT&T WiFi calling icon looks like an art intern cranked it out in 5 minutes.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago

That AT&T WiFi calling icon looks like an art intern cranked it out in 5 minutes.


No worries, the savings will be passed along to you. :D
Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago
first iMessage, now wifi calling, soon we won't even need a carrier!
Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago

Welcome to 2006!

On a more serious note, I wonder if AT&T will end up charging for this?

Yes, and they'll throttle it if you use it too much.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 months ago

Could you do any better? No.


One of the least valid counterarguments that are always presented on the Internet. You don't need to be a master of the canvas to appreciate when something is poorly drawn. You don't need to be a millionaire music producer to know when songs are almost universally panned as being terrible.

"I'd like to see you do better" is the laziest argument to criticism.
Rating: 4 Votes
14 months ago
Come on Verizon... This would be so handy at work where there is literally no reception in 80% of the building, yet wifi throughout...
Rating: 4 Votes
14 months ago

My AT&T microcell SUCKS. My iPhone constantly switches off the microcell to my local crappy tower. Can't wait for it wifi calling.

I used to have the same problem. However, the MicroCell has a setting to disable this handoff. I know, it would have been helpful to know that earlier. Better late than never. Once I disabled the setting, it's been better ever since.
Rating: 4 Votes
14 months ago
As an AT&T employee, you do realize that they tell us absolutely nothing ahead of time because they know some idiot will blab it to the first tech website he/she can find? We find out stuff at the same time the general public does. Heck, even browsing the web will get you info quicker than AT&T releases in our employee portal.

Oh, and to confirm... I could ask 90 employees in this county what "WiFi Calling" is, and maybe 1 would be able to answer intelligently.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago

That AT&T WiFi calling icon looks like an art intern cranked it out in 5 minutes.

Could you do any better? No.
Rating: 3 Votes

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