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Re: No cell service at home...what options? [Re: sleddriver] #4807991 07/07/18 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted By: sleddriver
....I thought all iPhone 6 had the option for Wifi. Disabled by strt-tlk?


I thought so too, but when I bought a refurbed, unlocked iPhone 6s+ for my daughter and set it up with Straight Talk, indeed Wifi calling does not work. I don't get why the carrier would do this if the phone offers it, but for what ever reason, disabling it is a thing they do.


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Re: No cell service at home...what options? [Re: krismoriah72] #4808131 07/08/18 07:20 AM
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This is odd to me. I can't remember the last cell phone I had that did not have wifi!

Re: No cell service at home...what options? [Re: kschachn] #4808272 07/08/18 11:07 AM
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The T-Mobile Personal Cell Spot uses broadband service to create a 3,000 square foot "cell" in your house. It is NOT WiFi calling. It is a 3G/4G/LTE signal. I don't know if any of the other wireless carriers offer this. It is free. I have one in my house due to poor and inconsistent signal.

https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-24269

Yeah most of the others do, or at least used to. We had a Sprint one for several years until they got around to fixing the problem by us. It's typically called a femtocell.


Yes, that is the correct term for the device. Even the tech support people don't all know that is what it's called. I think mine must work beyond 3,000 sf. I sometimes see the "4G LTE" light blinking when I'm not on the phone. That means one of my neighbors is connected to it.

Re: No cell service at home...what options? [Re: krismoriah72] #4808278 07/08/18 11:10 AM
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My daughter has a paygo plan on an Iphone SE through Tello (Sprint towers) so she tries as much as possible to conserve on her cellular minutes and texts and data. But since she is home a lot at 15 years old, this plan works for her because she can talk and text for free to other Iphone users via wifi data and Apple servers. We have android phones and since she has a google voice number (free number you just claim when you sign up), we can call and text her for free via this google voice number when she is home on wifi via the Google Hangouts app. Seems quite reliable for calls and texting, and completely free, but you do need decent broadband home internet with stable wifi. You also need a gmail account, then go to Google Voice, claim a number from them, and download Google Hangouts on your Iphone 6. Go to the Hangouts settings and then under your email address make sure to enable calls and texts to ring. I use this every day for our home phone on an older android phone as well and it is quite reliable. Have not seen the glitches others have mentioned. Free to start up and try. What have you got to lose? There are other paid options, but why not try a free option first?

For paid options, the best month to month with everything unlimited is voip.ms using any obiahai analog telephone adapter, along with a corded or cordless home telphone. Monthly is $6.21/mo for unlimited calling, about half of that for limited plans. Google Voice-based home phone is a free option as far as monthly costs, but you will need a used Obi200 analog telephone adapter from eBay or new one from Amazon for about $50. A bit more complex to set up the home phone voip for Google Voice vs just for Hangouts calls on your phone, but certainly not difficult.

Re: No cell service at home...what options? [Re: DBMaster] #4808304 07/08/18 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted By: DBMaster
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The T-Mobile Personal Cell Spot uses broadband service to create a 3,000 square foot "cell" in your house. It is NOT WiFi calling. It is a 3G/4G/LTE signal. I don't know if any of the other wireless carriers offer this. It is free. I have one in my house due to poor and inconsistent signal.

https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-24269

Yeah most of the others do, or at least used to. We had a Sprint one for several years until they got around to fixing the problem by us. It's typically called a femtocell.


Yes, that is the correct term for the device. Even the tech support people don't all know that is what it's called. I think mine must work beyond 3,000 sf. I sometimes see the "4G LTE" light blinking when I'm not on the phone. That means one of my neighbors is connected to it.


I did a search for T mobile in my area..there are no stores within 50 miles. I looked on their website at their phones. To buy an Iphone is nearly $700. Seems risky to buy a phone online and pray for service or that it works in my area.

Re: No cell service at home...what options? [Re: krismoriah72] #4808320 07/08/18 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted By: DBMaster
The T-Mobile Personal Cell Spot uses broadband service to create a 3,000 square foot "cell" in your house. It is NOT WiFi calling. It is a 3G/4G/LTE signal. I don't know if any of the other wireless carriers offer this. It is free. I have one in my house due to poor and inconsistent signal.

https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-24269

Yeah most of the others do, or at least used to. We had a Sprint one for several years until they got around to fixing the problem by us. It's typically called a femtocell.


Yes, that is the correct term for the device. Even the tech support people don't all know that is what it's called. I think mine must work beyond 3,000 sf. I sometimes see the "4G LTE" light blinking when I'm not on the phone. That means one of my neighbors is connected to it.


I did a search for T mobile in my area..there are no stores within 50 miles. I looked on their website at their phones. To buy an Iphone is nearly $700. Seems risky to buy a phone online and pray for service or that it works in my area.


We are different types of users, obviously. I have always purchased my own phones (budget models) outright. My current phone is a Moto G4 Play I purchased new in September 2016. I have no need to spend any more than $200 on a smartphone. T-Mobile is not an ideal choice for those who want to have the latest flagship models with regular replacement by the newest models.

Re: No cell service at home...what options? [Re: krismoriah72] #4815081 07/15/18 08:23 PM
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Go on net10 or tracfone key in your zip.. they'll show you devices that'll work in your area and have inexpensive plans.


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Re: No cell service at home...what options? [Re: krismoriah72] #4815100 07/15/18 08:40 PM
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I have a TracFone as my personal phone, works great and low cost.

Re: No cell service at home...what options? [Re: Mr Nice] #4815259 07/16/18 05:17 AM
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I have a TracFone as my personal phone, works great and low cost.


Can't beat it for the $$$, I needed more mins per month I went with net10 in the past.. tracfone owns net10 same service and phones but with the option for unlimited monthly plans.


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