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Here Are The iPhones Supporting WiFi Calling Feature [iPhone 4s, 5 Excluded]


Apple introduced WiFi Calling feature (also written as Wi-Fi Calling) with the release of iOS 8 firmware last year. And even on iOS 9, it’s an incredibly popular feature as you can make calls and receive them over the WiFi network.

Plus, one can also use their iPhones to send text messages for free as long as the WiFi calling feature is activated – and there’s a stable WiFi connection available around you.


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iOS 9’s WiFi Calling feature limited to select iPhone devices.

Apple believes WiFi calling will be useful especially if you are located in any area where the iPhone’s signal drops frequently.

Now all this sounds good, but the bitter truth is:

Not every iPhone can enjoy WiFi Calling.

In fact, we are seeing many complaints from users looking for an option to enable WiFi Calling on their iPhones – and they are failing to find it.

Here’s why:

WiFi Calling Is Unavailable In iPhone 4s and 5

That’s correct. Old iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 models do not support WiFi calling feature even when they are running on iOS 9 firmware.

This issue is similar to the one we saw earlier, where iPhone 4s do not get WiFi Assist.

In the case of WiFi calling, however, we have two devices – iPhone 4s / 5.

Sure, from what we understand, iPhone 4s has a 2.4GHz band that causes some interference, but we don’t see any reason to strip iPhone 5’s privileges from making WiFi callings – because like iPhone 5s / 5c, even iPhone 5 runs on 5GHz.

As many would say, by removing WiFi Calling feature from old iPhones, Apple wants you to upgrade to a newer one.

Apple iPhones Supporting WiFi Calling

Here are the list of iPhones that comes with the WiFi Calling feature:

  • iPhone 5s, 5c
  • iPhone 6, 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

Apple has also mentioned only these carrier networks in certain countries offer WiFi calling support:

-> In the Canada, we have Bell and Rogers
-> Hong Kong: 3, SmarTone
-> United Kingdom: EE, Vodafone
-> United States: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

Note: Both FaceTime and WiFi calling are different – yet their functions are the same. So if you are an iPhone 4s and 5 user, feel free to use FaceTime as an alternative to WiFi Calling. Of course, if you have constant access to a reliable WiFi network, you can always use Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, and even Facebook to make calls with no additional charges.