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  1. kokiangel

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    Has anyone with an unlocked Note8 found the WIFI calling setting yet? I know I had it on my S7 but it was a carrier purchased phone.
     

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    From what I've read, Samsung includes features such as VoLTE and WiFi Calling in the carrier version of the OS and they don't usually extend that to other versions, including the unlocked OS. I think a carrier such as AT&T could include those features in their SIM if they were so inclined.
     
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    Thanks. I am trying to keep a list of the differences good and bad between carrier and unlocked for my own future reference so I keep my head at decision time and don't just jump on 'deals'. I am fairly new to unlocked phones. This is my second one but the first one hardly counts as it wasn't a high end phone so a lot of bells and whistles were naturally missing.
    Any help listing those differences would be appreciated.
     
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    AFAIK WiFi calling is only available on the customized devices that certain carriers supply.

    VoLTE(Voice over LTE) should be on most LTE 4G capable devices, but the carrier has to support it as well. Check with your particular carrier for that, and you may have to turn it on in the device settings. I have VoLTE with China Unicom and my phone wasn't supplied by them.

    The whole idea of a phone that wasn't carrier customized, is that it's got no carrier customizations, restrictions and bloat at all, you should be able to use it on any network you like just by inserting the SIM, except possibly if you're in North America. Where I am, phones are not locked at all even if the carrier sells them.
     
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    Not sure how or if this helps, but I bought my T-Mobile NOTE 8 directly from Samsung. So I did not get it from the carrier but it was ordered as a T-Mobile phone.

    All the T-Mobile features, including WiFi calling, are loaded and work.

    FWIW
    DLM
     
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    Ah, that's the difference. I bought mine from Samsung but did not specify a carrier.
     
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    Found it on unlocked Note8...Go to the Phone app, click on the menu button in upper right corner, select settings. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and there is WiFi calling.
    Sure miss the toggle button.
     
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    It wasn't there on my phone but I did finally find it. I had to go to apps and select system apps. Then it showed up in the list of apps and I was able to toggle the permission. That should give me WIFI calling when I need it. Thanks though. Between us hopefully we'll have the answer for anyone else in the same boat! :D
     
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    I have the Wi-Fi calling option on my unlocked (direct from Samsung) UK handset, so to make this work there has to be no signal on your Sim?
     
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    I have a factory unlocked N8 and I can't find a Wi-Fi calling option, either on the phone app or in the app list with system apps enabled.
     
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    Same goes for Mine. (International - Dual SIM)
    I cannot find any VoIP or WiFi Calling setting
     
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    Which is actually an Asia version, like for Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, etc. You won't find WiFi calling on those, and any VOIP will be provided by third-party apps and services, like Whatsapp, Wechat or Skype. Some country versions apparently can provide WiFi calling on unlocked, non-carrier devices, like UK devices.
     
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    I probably should mention that my unlocked phone is also carrier free. That might be the difference?
     
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    Mine is a dual sim unlocked and carrier free as well, I don't have wifi calling anywhere unless it is already built in to the dialler, I'm with Vodafone and they are not offering wifi calling at the moment anyway but am supposed to start early next year, I'm sure it will just be a software thing that is fixed easy enough, maybe the setting will magically appear if you stick in a sim from a carrier that offers it.
     
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    It's under the Phone settings. Click Phone then menu then settings then scroll down to Wi-Fi calling.
     
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    You would think with all of us having the Note8 that our settings would be the same. Seems our carriers like to keep us on our toes.
     
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    Typically feaures like wifi calling and sending large uncompressed MMS messages are at the discretion of the unique carrier. These devices are capable of many features, but some (just ask Verizon USA cellular users) carriers leave certain features out (i.e. Cloud storage options ) becyase those features may clash with products that carrier may have (again just ask Verizon USA cellular users.. :D:p)
     
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    There's quite a lot of different Note8 variants, could be well over 50 Note8 variants around the world, like many Samsung phones. Something like WiFi calling I've just never heard of it being used here in China, and Asia countries generally, so no need for Samsung to include it on Chinese and Asian variant Note8s. Same with the S8s and S7s as well.

    I mentioned earlier in this thread about "international" Samsungs. Something that quite frequently comes up on AF. Well there's no such thing as a truly international Samsung intended for everywhere, they all have designated country and regional variants. And if they're from Amazon or Ebay vendors, chances are they'll be grey imports from another region, especially if dual-SIM.
     
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    Yes - I knew what I was getting into when I got mine from an ebay seller.

    But I wanted a Dual SIM version and did not overly care about the issues it could come with it.
    (And when I saw the 3.99/Month Warranty I went for it and the Note 8

    While i was interested in WiFi calling I have no real need for it.

    If I did there is always Talkatone or similar not to mention what
    mikedt mentioned about services like skype and all
     
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    I think wi-fi calling on a carrier unlocked N8 depends on the carrier's SIM card. I am currently using Cricket and Cricket doesn't offer wi-fi calling on devices not sold by them. Those of you who have wi-fi calling on an unlocked N8, which carrier are you using?
     
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    Cricket Here also.
    (Just a fyi)
     
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    I am on Verizon and while I have the wifi calling settings flipped to "on" in my main settings I have yet to try them out. Mostly I don't need such a thing but I have had need on occasion in the past and was glad it was available.
     
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    Does anyone here have an unlocked N8 on Metro PCS?
     
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    I found mine after looking all over the place. I found mine by going to:

    1."Settings"
    2.Scroll down to "Apps" & click it
    3.On top right menu drop down w/ three dots click on "Show system apps"
    4.Scroll down to "Wifi calling"
     
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    @Kiko888, which carrier are you using?
     
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