Anyone use Wi-Fi Calling?

Spaz888

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I'm having ongoing issues with Wi-Fi calling.

Randomly (but more often then not) when our iPhones (iPhone XR, XS, 7) using older and latest iOS versions go into stand-by mode Wi-Fi calling is disconnected even though you are still connected to your AP. It makes no difference which AP is used.

The Wi-Fi antenna icon is still active but the "Wi-Fi Calling" text is missing and then comes back after about 10 seconds (sometimes less) when the iPhone is "awake". VOIP Services such as WhatsApp or Facetime work fine when in standby mode.

Sometimes (often actually) when an SMS or short code is sent to me (received) while I am using Wi-Fi calling, it won't show up until I disable Wi-Fi calling or Airplane mode when I connect using my direct cellular connection. Even when celluar connectivity is active, Wi-Fi calling overides it and calls are sent directly to voicemail or SMS are queued until the next time you disconnect Wi-Fi calling.
 

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I really couldn’t say, I’ve never experienced that issue with Wi-Fi Calling. Try resetting network settings, it might help! (You’ll need to re-enter your Wi-Fi password, though).
 
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Sounds like you have a cell signal that's borderline too good for wifi calling and bad enough for wifi calling. So, wifi calling goes in and out some.
 
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I really couldn’t say, I’ve never experienced that issue with Wi-Fi Calling. Try resetting network settings, though. It might help! (You’ll need to re-enter your Wi-Fi password, though).

It's on different iphones, different wifi access points. Resetting network settings is what everyone says to do but rarely does it do anything.
 

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Have a look at your firewall settings. Wi-Fi Calling uses a protocol called IKEv2 (like IPSec).

Have also a look at this Apple document which lists all ports Apple software use. Search for “Wi-Fi Calling”.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202944

Wi-Fi calling works with exceptions. It doesn't ALWAYS work in standby mode. It does about 20% of the time.

Thanks for the link to the ports the iPhone uses! The ports the iPhone uses are UDP 500 and 4500. I have no idea how to verify if either of them are blocked or if they randomly get blocked.

I don't recall having this issue with iOS 12.
 

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Wi-Fi calling works with exceptions. It doesn't ALWAYS work in standby mode. It does about 20% of the time.

Thanks for the link to the ports the iPhone uses! The ports the iPhone uses are UDP 500 and 4500. I have no idea how to verify if either of them are blocked or if they randomly get blocked.

I don't recall having this issue with iOS 12.

You might check with your carrier. They might know more about wifi calling, airplane mode, etc.
 

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Wi-Fi calling works with exceptions. It doesn't ALWAYS work in standby mode. It does about 20% of the time.

Thanks for the link to the ports the iPhone uses! The ports the iPhone uses are UDP 500 and 4500. I have no idea how to verify if either of them are blocked or if they randomly get blocked.

I don't recall having this issue with iOS 12.

While I can’t help you with specifics, I would check that one of these settings are enabled (Different names on the same feature):
- IPSec Passthrough
- IKE Passthrough
- IPSec Application Level Gateway (ALG)
- IKE ALG

What these do (simplified) is rewrite the contents of an IPSec datagram with the public IPv4 address and then send it, instead of just sending it as is. They are usually enabled on consumer equipment, and disabled on prosumer and entreprise equipment

Another thing that might be happening is that the connection does not have enough traffic and it is timing out. That’s something I cannot help with.
 

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I used WiFi calling when I was traveling overseas years ago when cell phone and data service overseas was very expensive.

But, with most providers offering unlimited calls and data in North America and Mexico on most plans and the overseas data rates are very cheap these days, I don’t see the need to use WiFi calling anymore.
 

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