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Wifi Calling gone in 7.0 S7?

4: Newbie

So I am running the beta 7.0 for S7, the Wifi calling option has vanished.  Now you may say it hasn't been added yet as its beta but the option is confirmed to be there for EE and 3 sim cards. Vodafone nothing.

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17: Community Champion

Hi

 

I think it maybe the reason you highlight. 

 

Vodafone hold firmware to test to ensure it does not clash with the features of their network for branded phones. 

 

Have you an unbranded s7 ?

 

I have an unbranded s7 edge and have not been able to see yet any beta version. 

 

Or have you rooted ?

 

I personally prefer not to use beta version of firmwares especially on my daily driver as bugs can and will exist. 

 

Your options as I see it are to rollback to Marshmallow or wait until that firmware has been properly released and Vodafone have adjusted. 

 

I can't speak for other networks. It maybe the feature is somehow written differently so works. 

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4: Newbie

Yes unranded BTU phone from CarphoneWarehouse.  I signed up for the beta program earlier in the week and got the update yesterday.

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17: Community Champion

Hi

 

I remember reading about the beta programme but some were having issues completing signing up for it. 

 

It's great your an early adopter but unfortunately that does come hand in hand with bugs and features working or not working 100%

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17: Community Champion

Although some here have said they have Wi Fi calling working on unbanded phones, Vodafone still says that it is or should be restricted to Vodafone supplied and branded phones only.

 

That's probably the reason you aren't seeing it.

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17: Community Champion

Hi @dj9928

 

 

I now see from other forums that there was a timeframe to be able to register for the beta programme from Samsung which also downloaded an app to send bug reports off to. 

 

Perhaps use the bug reporter to let Samsung know what's happening after your upgrade from Marshmallow to Nougat. 

 

On a side note I'm reading good updates from early adopters. Many saying it's making the Samsung Galaxy s7 and s7 edge have more of a look and feel akin to the recalled Note 7.

 

Interesting times ahead. 

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4: Newbie
It's not good news for unlocked handsets that could use wi-fi calling previously. WiFi calling no longer works for Vodafone SIM cards. Put an EE SIM card in and the WiFi calling reappears so it is SIM card dependant.
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17: Community Champion

I understand and sympathise with this. 

 

I can't really understand why you had access to the feature previously as it's mentioned in the Vodafone Guidance Notes that's its only available to people who have sourced the handset from Vodafone directly.

 

Vodafone Calling over wifi link.  

 

"To take advantage of Wi-Fi Calling, you need:

 

A Pay monthly Red or Red Value Bundle, Red+ or Business Premier*


A compatible device:


A Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016), S6, S6 edge, S7 or S7 edge bought directly from Vodafone at one of our stores, online or by phone through our customer services team"

 

How-do-I-set-up-Wi-Fi-Calling-on-a-Samsung-Galaxy-A5-2016-S6-or-S6-edge-S7-or-S7-edge Link.

 

 

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4: Newbie

It's very strange because on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow we had access to WiFi Calling without Vodafone Brand. I had also BTU Marshmallow on my S7 Edge and that was working perfectly. 
Is discrimination. That is my choice what phone i'm using - network should be happy that i'm paying my bills on time and let me use everything what i'm paying for. 
Now i have unbranded BTU Android 7.0 Nougat on my band new S7 Edge Blue Coral and i can not use my WiFi Calling what is included to my contract. Shame on you Vodafone.

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4: Newbie

I just flashed BTU 6.0.1 and i have WiFi Calling.... Why this is not added to 7.0 and i have to wait and use Vodafone Branded software for this option?!

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17: Community Champion

Vodafone has made it abundantly clear from the very outset that Wi Fi calling is only available to phones that they have supplied. If anyone has managed to get it to work on unbranded handsets that is a fortunate mistake that they have benefited from.

 

Just as you are free to choose where you get your phone from, Vodafone is free to choose who they supply their services to even if we, as customers, don't agree with their decisions.

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4: Newbie

How Vodafone can choose what i can use if i'm paying for it? It is included to my contract and when i was signing it there wasn't information that i have to use phone bought directly from Vodafone. 
Otherwise, why Apple iPhone users can use WiFi calling without branded software? That is another discrimination of us, Android users. There is no matter where they get phone from - Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse or any other network and they can use WiFi Calling straight after activation. 
Sick. 

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17: Community Champion

The information is quite clear:

 

To take advantage of Wi-Fi Calling, you need:

  • A Pay monthly Red or Red Value Bundle, Red+ or Business Premier*
  • A compatible device:
    • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE
    • A Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016 and 2017), A5 (2016 and 2017), S6, S6 edge, S7 or S7 edge bought directly from Vodafone at one of our stores, online or by phone through our customer services team

iPhones are not Android devices. No Android manufacturer is anywhere near as powerful as Apple.

 

That's the way it is.

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4: Newbie

So... It is the best time to leave this network. Any other network offering WiFi Caling is usable with non branded phones. I don't need network rubbish apps on my - MY OWN - phone. 

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17: Community Champion

All personal choice. I believe EE has the same policy as Vodafone on Wi Fi calling. Networks, like all large companies, are all about their own brand and pushing that brand as much as possible.

 

Personally, having had Wi Fi calling since day one, I have hardly ever used it and it certainly wouldn't be a reason for me to leave a network assuming that all else was equal. Whatsapp offers Wi Fi calling as a standard feature and as most people seem to have Whatsapp these days it is a decent alternative.

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4: Newbie

Not everyone using WhatsApp or similar apps - i'm not using as i don't need it. I have unlimited minutes in my contract so why i should use other apps to make or receive calls?
EE and Three doesn't need brand to use WiFi Calling and it works perfectly on Android 7 BTU. 
Leaving network? Yes but WiFi calling is not a main reason - it is one what help me make decision but this topic is not for talking about it.

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17: Community Champion

This is from the EE website

 

WiFi Calling is available on all versions of the iPhone 5c and later models of the iPhone, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, A3 (2017), A5 (2017), Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Lumia 550, 650, 950, 950XL, HTC 10, Blackberry Priv, Blackberry Dtek 50, Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.

It's only available on the EE version of all other compatible Android and Windows devices which can only be bought directly from us in one of our storesonline or through our telesales team. At present, other Android and Windows devices bought from other retailers will not be able to support WiFi Calling.

 

My bold and italics and not theirs.

 

3 uses an app and not native Wi fi calling. O2 has the same with their TuGo app

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4: Newbie

Yeah, same as with Vodafone. On website is info that will work only with branded phones and i have flashed yesterday 6.0.1 BTU and WiFi calling was working on 7.0 is not. 
Problem is that information on website is not covered on reality. 
I will put EE or Three sim card to my phone and everything will work after reboot and receiving network settings. 
And this is not only my opinion, read above. Smiley Happy

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4: Newbie

Vodafone released Android N 7.0 for S7 and S7 Edge. 
And? After flashing pack of VOD 7.0 we get VD2 7.0 and there is no chance to back to VOD CSC. I tried also on other phone to get it restored via SmartSwitch and it is also VD2 not VOD. I understand that is multi CSC software but for Good why Vodafone again broke it? 
On VD2 we are unable to use WiFi Calling becouse this is not native to UK. Sick!

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3: Seeker

Yes, wifi calling has gone in 7.0. And it's not the fault of Vodafone.  It's a Samsung/Android issue. Here's how I know this:

  1. Was running wifi calling successfully on my S7 with Android 6.01 using the Vodafone ROM.
  2. Took the Vodafone OTA update to 7.0 and lost wifi calling
  3. Flashed 6.01 (non Vodafone) and got wifi calling back
  4. Took the OTA update to 7.0 (non Vodafone) and lost wifi calling
  5. Re-flashed with 6.01 (non Vodafone) and wifi calling returned.

Seems pretty conclusive to me that we need to be holding Samsung's feet to the fire on this, not Vodafone. Having said that Vodafone do seem to have responded to this at a glacial pace.

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