Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-02-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
Verizon, iPhone use over internet

I know many of you have Verizon cell phone service, as I do. And many have iPhones too. This week a change was made allowing you to use your Verizon iPhone over a wifi connection, when you have no cell service.

It is a voice over internet service, specifically called voLTE I guess.

In my case, where I live there is NO cell service whatsoever, from any cell carrier. So, my cell has been useless at home. My internet service is from Excell (the old Wild Blue) satellite.

With this new service from Verizon, I can now use my iPhone here at home just as if it were on a cell tower, but it is going over my satellite internet system. I have only placed two calls so far, and received one, but they were completely clear and seemed to work well.

Details are here, with a link to the Verizon pages which tell you what OS you must have and which phones it works with.

http://www.cio.com/article/3046546/c...n-iphones.html

Also note that apparently other cell carriers have allowed this use for a while on their networks, so it may work with other than Verizon. In addition, it looks like some Android phones will also work with Verizon, not just iPhones.

I am very pleased that I now can use my cell phone at home. It may be years, or never, until we get any cell coverage in my area.
__________________

__________________
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 11:15 AM   #2
4 Rivet Member
 
NWGetaways's Avatar
 
2012 22' FB Sport
2003 19' Bambi
Port Townsend , Washington
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 273
Verizon is actually the last of the four major carriers to roll out WiFi calling. TMobile was first.

I just recently switched to Verizon in anticipation of doing more rural traveling in the next year (retirement, finally!). I hated to give up TMobile, the best carrier in absolutely every respect - except rural coverage.

Signing up with Verizon I feel like I've gone over to the dark side to one of the most hated companies in America, outside of Comcast.
__________________

__________________
NWGetaways is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 11:31 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
switz's Avatar

 
2014 31' Classic
2015 23' International
2013 25' FB International
Apache Junction , Arizona
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,799
Images: 8
Been a continuous Verizon customer since September 1988. They have had the best coverage when driving across the USA of any carrier, hands down.

I got one of the first iPhones to experiment with and it was married to AT&T because of GSM. I could not get any reception at my place in Santa Fe, New Mexico or Bloomington, Indiana or Gold Canyon, Arizona (east edge of Phoenix). They agreed to break the contract with no penalty since the phone was inoperative in any of my residences. I switched that iPhone to O2 in the UK and it became my local phone when we were visiting my in-laws Birmingham, England.

All of my other iPhones have been Verizon based, but the recent ones (version 5 or later) will automatically switch to whatever cell carrier is available around the world. As I upgrade my iPhone, the prior iPhone becomes my UK phone.

My kids or friends can dial the usual USA number and it rings (at no cost to them) wherever I am.

I am interested in actual cell coverage, not inflated marketing claims by AT&T and the others.

Skype has been an app on the iPhone for a long time and one could use WiFi calling with that program.
__________________
WBCCI Life Member 5123, AIR 70341, 4CU, WD9EMC

TV - 2012 Dodge 2500 4x4 Cummins HO, automatic, Centramatics, Kelderman level ride airbag suspension, bed shell

2014 31' Classic model 30 twin beds, 50 amp service, 900 watt solar system, Centramatics, Dill TPMS, disc brakes, 16" tires & wheels
switz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 11:33 AM   #4
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
If you don't want to use your carrier's wifi calling, there are several apps available to do the same thing. Just check the app store, or Play store, if you have an android phone. It even works with tablets equipped with microphones.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2016, 09:57 PM   #5
4 Rivet Member
 
MaineStreamer's Avatar
 
2007 20' Safari
Saco , Maine
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 348
I have used my Verizon service on my iPhone 5 and now 6 over wifi ever since switching from an "old fashioned" flip-top cell phone to an iPhone nearly 3 years ago. Using Verizon service over wifi is not new, at least not since June 2013. I do all updates of apps and operating system, and most downloads that involve significant data while connected to wifi -- at home, my office, campgrounds, restaurants like Panera, Macy's, etc. Both phone and data service are free when connected to wifi, so do not consume any phone time or data budget of my plan.
__________________
Marty Womer
Saco, Maine
MaineStreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2016, 12:58 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaineStreamer View Post
I have used my Verizon service on my iPhone 5 and now 6 over wifi ever since switching from an "old fashioned" flip-top cell phone to an iPhone nearly 3 years ago. Using Verizon service over wifi is not new, at least not since June 2013. I do all updates of apps and operating system, and most downloads that involve significant data while connected to wifi -- at home, my office, campgrounds, restaurants like Panera, Macy's, etc. Both phone and data service are free when connected to wifi, so do not consume any phone time or data budget of my plan.
Yes, data has been available via wifi for a long period of time. I have used it extensively. Voice calling via wifi has not unless you used an app or non verizon non iPhone system. This is the first time that voice routed through wifi has been available without some secondary system necessary.

It is nice for me, with no cell towers available, to be able to use my iPhone with voice, not just with data, from my satellite net system. It acts just like it was connected to a cell tower. No additional aps, or programs are needed.

According to the article cited in my first post, Verizon is the last of the major carriers to offer this service. It only rolled out the last week in March.

It is just a nice feature to know about and use.
__________________
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2016, 04:21 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Long Island , New York
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 6,357
Good to know -- thanks all.
__________________
OTRA15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2016, 09:00 AM   #8
2 Rivet Member
 
Native143's Avatar
 
2014 16' Sport
Dunedin , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 81
Images: 1
There is an app called Viber that you can use to call anywhere as long as you have wifi (or cell) service. Plus with an iPhone you have Facetime, in addition to Skype and Facebook messenger. There are a myriad of ways to call via the internet.
__________________

__________________
Native143 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Finally!!! use your iPhone as a modem for a computer over WiFi Albatrill Our Community 7 05-09-2010 09:08 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.