Apple Confirms Bell to Support iPhone Wi-Fi Calling

Rogers and Fido released a carrier update today to support iPhone Wi-Fi Calling in iOS 9, for iPhone 5c users or higher. While TELUS confirmed it did does support the feature at this time, it now appears Bell will also bring forth iPhone Wi-Fi Calling, according to an updated Apple support document, which lists the carrier with Rogers, for Canada:

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As you can see from Apple’s list above, there are only 9 carriers listed worldwide that support Wi-Fi Calling for iPhone. If and when Bell announces support for iPhone Wi-Fi Calling, then consider Canada lucky to have two carriers support the service.

Given the company’s shared 4G/LTE network with TELUS, you can bet the latter will have to support it too, to keep up with its rivals. Bell did not respond for comment when asked about whether they would support Wi-Fi Calling or not.

Apple also provided the following steps to try if you are unable to enable Wi-Fi Calling:

1. Go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling make sure that Wi-Fi Calling is on.
2. Restart your iPhone.
3. Connect to a different Wi-Fi network. Not all Wi-Fi networks work with Wi-Fi Calling.
4. Turn Wi-Fi calling off and then on again.
5. Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings.

After iOS 9 was released today, Rogers, TELUS and Bell issued carrier updates for iPhone users.  Stay tuned to see if Bell will officially announce support for Wi-Fi Calling in the coming weeks or so.

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  • runner

    Not a bell customer, but this is good news because it will put more pressure on Telus!

  • It’s Me

    I saw a year ago that Telus said they planned to support this in 2015. They are almost as bad as Rogers at this point with over promising and under delivering.

  • MGSayah

    Apple listed Rogers and Bell, but Fido (the subsidiary of Rogers) supports WiFi Calling, so it’s only a matter of time before Bell AND Virgin support it.

  • Paul C

    I checked with Bell today and at this time… the only iPhone that will support Wi-Fi calling is the iPhone 6s (which isn’t even out yet). Disappointing.

  • Sean Peicheff

    I have an iPhone 6 running iOS 9, and that setting isn’t even there. Frustrating because my building is a dead zone and I have no cellular coverage while at home, which means I have no phone