why don't phones work with WiFi

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Why don't you make it so you can call with WiFi ?
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Joshua Su

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You CAN call with wifi using different types of apps. Good examples include Textplus (free download) or Skype (free download as well).
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BobTheElectrician

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WiFi apps work for outgoing calls and texts relatively well.

Problem is not easily receiving calls or texts unless the other party has the same app installed as you.
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Ahmad

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VoLTE will soon become the standard
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VoLTE requires mobile data LTE connection. Many people want to call WiFi specifically to avoid mobile data charges, or when no connection is available.
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You can use a VOIP app to tie into a VOIP provider. The app costs about ten bucks or so and the service is an additional $1 a month plus about $0.01 per minute. This works for both outgoing and incoming calls. The main problem with this approach is you don't have the same phone number using the app as using your cell phone.
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As Moonmack said, you can set this up with a quality VoIP provider for less than $2 per month. You can use a SIP phone app on your smartphone or have the VoIP service call forward to any number(s) you wish. Particularly useful for international travellers, as they need not provide a new number to their contacts if they acquire a new phone or SIM while travelling.
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Already do the dfbutt trick with international numbers pushing calls to/from Koodo and US provider so callers never pay for long distance. Costs a few dollars a month per phone number and about 1.4 cents a minute on top of the Koodo plan.

I do believe the original poster was asking why basic wifi calls don't work, so that's why I limited my "noobie" experience from a few months ago to reply. We do know that much more sophisticated systems can be made to work for those willing to put some effort into dealing with a few providers and doing some configuration.

Maybe worthwhile for 10% of the users, but most folks just want talk, text and pix without hassle. Don't see too many folks configuring a VOIP box while driving!

Most of the people I know could instantly save $50 a month on their landline by going VOIP, but inertia and laziness prevail.

People want a convenient, canned solution and a single lace they can blame when it goes wrong!
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Actually the new iPhone 6 will, if the carrier provisions such a service, so the handoffs will work seamlessly. Currently any phone requires an app, as the phone is not natively programmed to offer both cellular and Wi-Fi calling. Possibly the OP question is better directed to the manufacturers, rathe than the cellular supplier.

Arguably, the cellular supplier is more interested in providing you their product (minutes) rather than the means for you not to use their product.
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I have used a Nexus phone without an app for VOIP calling. It used to be easy to find, but has been a little trickier with more recent versions of Android (my phone won't support the recent versions - kind of stopped upgrading at Android 4). When I would make a call it would ask how I wanted to route it - ie. cellular or VOIP.

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