How WiFi Calling Works with Tracfone and How to Make Free Calls
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Is WiFi Calling Free? How does it work? We are here to help answer questions about WiFi Calling, and share an option for free calling using WiFi. If you’re not sure how WiFi Calling works, if you have it or if you want it, this is the article to read.
Information about WiFi Calling with Tracfone is not completely clear, but we’ve tried to collect and share the most accurate details below. If you have anything to add, or if we made a mistake, let us know in the comments.
Now, let’s take a look at WiFi Calling with Tracfone.
What is WiFi Calling?
WiFi Calling is a feature that allows you to send and receive both calls and texts over a WiFi network instead of the cell network. The main benefit is that you can stay connected with calls/texts when cell service is not available but WiFi is, such as in the basement of a large building, or in a rural area.
WiFi Calling doesn’t give you the ability to make free calls and texts. (Read further along to learn how to do this with Google Voice.) You are still charged the normal rate for calls and texts by Tracfone.
WiFi Calling works on both Android and iOS devices, although not all phones support it, and not all cell phone service providers support it.
Tracfone does support WiFi Calling, but only on some smartphones, and certain BYOP devices. It appears to depend on the phone and your location, as not all the networks Tracfone users support WiFi Calling.
To see if your phone is capable, take a look at the requirements for WiFi Calling:
Basic Requirements for WiFi Calling
There are a few basic requirements for WiFi Calling
- SIM Card/Network that Supports it
- Cell Phone with WiFi Calling Capability
- e911 Registration
The first two requirements can be a little tricky to figure out. The easiest way is to just try and enable WiFi Calling to see if it will work. Tracfone uses several other cell phone networks, and a variety of different smartphones, so not all are capable or compatible.
You can visit https://e911-reg.tracfone.com/wps/portal/home/ and enter your phone number and last four digits of your SIM card number (located on your SIM card for BYOP devices).
Testing with an unlocked Moto G4 Plus with GSM SIM was unsuccessful.
How to Setup WiFi Calling
If you’re phone is eligible, then follow these steps for WiFi Calling:
- Register an E911 address, which requires you to submit your home address, by visiting http://e911-reg.tracfone.com
- Enable WiFi Calling on your device (if it isn’t already enabled) by going to Settings > More > WiFi Calling. Here is a Tracfone tutorial for enabling WiFi Calling.
- If you run into problems, try double checking each step and if that doesn’t work, contact Tracfone directly or leave a comment below.
If you’re phone is capable of WiFi Calling, it should be a fairly quick and easy process to enable it.
But what if you can’t enable WiFi Calling, or you want to make free calls using WiFi? Well we’ve got the answer!
How to Make Free Calls using WiFi
If you were expecting WiFi Calling to make it possible to make free calls and texts, you are probably disappointed. But don’t worry, there are other options for free calling and texting, and we will share one of the more popular methods here.
Using Google Hangouts/Hangouts Dialer and a free phone number from Google Voice, you can make free calls from WiFi. Anyone you call will see your Google Voice number, not your Tracfone number, but you can port your Tracfone number to Google Voice if you prefer that.
Steps to Make Free Calls with Google Hangouts Dialer:
- Visit Google Voice and sign up for a free phone number. You are able to choose a phone number from a large variety available from many different area codes.
- Download Google Hangouts Dialer app on your smartphone
- Connect your Account and Verify your Phone Number
- Make a Test Call using the Google Hangouts Dialer app to check that everything is working.
Now you should be able to send and receive phone calls to your Tracfone smartphone using your Google Voice phone number and the Dialer app.
Here is a helpful YouTube video that also explains more about Google Hangouts Dialer and how it works.
If you are looking for free texting, there are a number of texting apps such as Whatsapp, Line App, and more, that allow free texting with anyone else who also has the app.
Using a Google Voice number and the Hangouts Dialer app is a great way for anyone to make calls using WiFi without using any Tracfone airtime.
We hope this information is helpful and leave a comment with any thoughts or questions.
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