SMS over WiFi and WiFi calling on phone not bought from network provider?
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We're with Vodafone, and live in a no signal (from anyone) area. We've used a Vodafone sure signal device for years quite happily, but apparently they're shutting them down in the next month or so. (Got a new phone and new contract a month or two ago, timing - would have been nice to have some notice, Vodafone).
My phone does support Wifi calling on Vodafone (even though Voda say it's not supported) but it won't accept or send texts (basic SMS) via WiFi. And they won't allow my phone to do SMS over WiFi as I didn't buy it from them. Seems unfair!
Anyway, I'm looking at moving to other providers, but most don't seem to offer signal boosters any more, and won't offer (or at least, won't guarantee) WiFi calling & SMS unless the phone was bought from them direct. I hear a rumour that this will change, and mobile providers won't be able to only offer WiFi calling and SMS on phones bought from them directly. Does anyone know more about this, and when it might happen? Or does anyone know of a mobile provider that does still offer signal boosters (to non business customers) or supports WiFi calling and SMS on phones not bought from the provider?
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Asda Mobile say they do as well, however they run on Vodafone and appear to have the same handset support issues as you're having with the parent network. Just for example I've tried an Asda sim in 3 different handsets (none of which were bought from a network) here - they all support 4G Calling/sms and WiFi calling/sms, however; the Asda sim supplies WiFi calling/sms only on one, 4G calling/sms only on another, and neither on the third (in comparison, 1p/EE works for both on all 3).