I’m using Wi-Fi calling with Straight Talk Wireless.
Wi-Fi calling lets your phone make and receive phone calls using your internet Wi-Fi connection rather than the cellular network. With Wi-Fi calling you’ll be able to talk on your phone when you have a Wi-Fi connection even when you have a week cellular connection or no cellular connection at all. It’s a really cool feature.
In my video below I demonstrate making and receiving a call using Wi-Fi calling on my iPhone X using Straight Talk’s AT&T network. Once you have enabled Wi-Fi calling in your phone’s settings, you can force your phone to use Wi-Fi calling by putting your phone into Airplane Mode and then turing on Wi-Fi. Your phone should show you a Wi-Fi calling indicatior. On my iPhone X, the carrier name in the left corner of the status bar changes from TFW to TFW Wi-Fi.
Before you can use Wi-Fi calling, you’ll need to turn it on in your phone’s settings. How you do this depends on what phone you are using. On my iPhone I the setting is Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi calling. Toggle Wi-Fi calling on.
On my Samsung Galaxy S7, the option is under Settings > Advanced Calling. On my Google Nexus 5X the option is under Phone > Settings > Calling > Wi-Fi calling. If your using a different Android phone it may be different. When you enable Wi-Fi calling on your phone you’ll be asked to provide an E911 address so that if you need to dial 911, emergency responders will know where to go.
I want to point out that Straight Talk doesn’t list Wi-Fi calling as a supported feature on straighttalk.com. If it works for you, great. Straight Talk doesn’t list all od the features they support on their site but if Wi-Fi calling doesn’t work for you I don’t think Straight Talk customer service will help you get Wi-Fi calling working.
There are are other things I want to point out. First, I’m using Wi-Fi calling with my iPhone on Straight Talk’s AT&T towers. Straight Talk offers service on the AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint networks. I currently do not have any Straight Talk phones active on the other three networks so I don’t know if Wi-Fi calling works on those networks.
Second, to use Wi-Fi calling, your phone needs to be compatible with Wi-Fi calling on the network you are on. My iPhone X is compatible with Wi-Fi calling on the AT&T network. I tried to use Wi-Fi calling on my Samsung Galaxy S7 and my Google Nexus 5x and it did not work. My S7 is the Verizon model. The phone doesn’t appear to be compatible with Wi-Fi calling with AT&T. The same for my Google Nexus 5X. The S7 is compatible with Wi-Fi calling using Verizon. The 5X is compatible with Wi-Fi calling using Project Fi (T-Mobile).
I’ll update this article trhoughout 2018 as I am able to try more combinations of iPhone and Android with Straight Talk’s AT&, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint towers.
What about you? Are you using Wi-Fi Calling with Straight Talk? Leave a reply below and share. Don’t forget to include what phone you are using and which towers.
Today, I decided to see if I could get W-Fi calling to work on my iPhone with Straight Talk Wireless. It didn’t work. I have an iPhone SE that uses Straight Talk’s Verizon network and an iPhone 6s Plus that uses Straight Talk’s AT&T network and I couldn’t get Wi-Fi calling working on either.
When I look in the iPhone’s SE Settings under Phone, I see the option for Wi-Fi Calling. When I try to turn it on, the phone waits about 10 seconds and opens a screen to request my address. Wireless carriers need to know your address when you use W-Fi calling so that if you dial 911 Emergency Services, the responders know where to go. Unfortunately, after about 30 seconds that address form disappears and my iPhone displays the message “To Allow Wi-Fi Calling on this account contact Verizon.”
On my iPhone 6s which is using Straight Talk’s AT&T network, the Wi-Fi calling option in Settings > Phone is missing.
To be fair, I don’t even know if Straight Talk supports Wi-Fi calling. At the end of September, Verizon Wireless turned on Wi-Fi calling for their prepaid wireless customers so I’d thought I’d check to see if it now worked with other prepaid services that use the Verizon network.
A few months ago when I was logged into my account on straighttalk.com I noticed an option in the left lhad menu for Wi-Fi calling. I tried to enable it then but it didn’t work. I logged in today to see if I could get it to work but it didn’t.
When you click the Wi-Fi calling option, a new browser tab opens an screen that explians to use Wi-Fi calling:
- Your Phone and SIM mist be wi-Fi capable
- Wi-Fi calling must be enabled on your phone
- you must register an E911 adress to the phone
There is also a long paragraph describing the need for a primary address for e911. After that, I clicked ENROLL to agree to the terms. The next screen wanted me to enter my phone number and the last 4 digits of my SIM number. When I did that and clicked SUBMIT it displays the message: We’re sorry. Your phone is not Wi-Fi calling capable.
I don’t know what the problem is. When I get a chance, I’ll contact Straight Talk to ask them if Wi-Fi calling is supported or not.
What about you? Are you using Wi-Fi calling with Straight Talk? Leave a reply below and share.