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Google Pixel 3 4G & WiFi Calling

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Hello,

I have just bought a Google Pixel 3 XL direct from a retailer today. I have 4G and WiFi Calling enabled on my Pay monthly tariff but looks like O2 do not yet support this handset for these features.

Can anyone confirm the same or any different? Also can anyone confirm if this is planned to be added in the future, I'm guessing in a system update?

Many thanks.
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I have had a further conversation with a specialist O2 customer support team.  They were very patient in listening, have replicated the issue on some Pixel 3 handsets in their possession (it replicated on some, not on others), and have now raised the issue direct with the manufacturer.  It is unclear at this stage whether it is a manfacturer issue or an O2 network issue.

 

The best news though is that they assured me that the Pixel 3 does NOT need O2 firmware in order for WiFi and 4G calling to work - it should just work.  The advice from O2 customer support suggesting that was a requirement is 'old' advice.

 

The key requirements they suggested were necessary to get WiFi calling activated are (consumer tariffs only - business tariffs are a different kettle of fish):

 

1. Make sure Pixel 3/3XL is updated with the latest software, and as a minimum with the Feb 2019 security update.  The March 2019 security update was released yesterday.

2. Make sure WiFi and 4G calling are activated on your O2 account.

3. If you were on an iPhone tariff and have just switched to Android, make sure you request that your data tariff is switched from iPhone to Smartphone.  You can get this done via O2 customer services.  The switch takes up to 24 hours to activate.

4. Make sure there aren't any conflicting services on your tariff (e.g. bespoke APN, VPN, Just Call Me, Mobex - these are usually only available on business tariffs and don't apply to consumer tariffs).

5. Once all the above are confirmed make sure the phone has been restarted.

 

As in my case the service may still not activate even if you do all of the above.  I am confident they will get back once they are clear about what is causing the issue on select handsets.

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Hi everyone,

 

We're aware some of our customers may be experiencing some issues with Wifi and 4G calling. We’re currently working on a solution and will let you know as soon as we have more information.

 

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@mas Thank you for your posts. I moved from an iphone to a pixel 3 through the carphone warehouse, although still on O2 (as I have been for 15 years). I don't even have the wifi calling option as a toggle!

 

After 3 x different "guru" online chats and 2 x calls to the O2 contact number I am still no clearer as to whether I will ever get wifi calling! I have been told O2 don't support the Pixel 3 at all for wifi calling, that it won't work because I purchased it from CPW, that I need to add the wifi & 4G options on my account (which online it says I have) and then I was told they were going to refresh my request?! Amongst a whole host of other reasons why it won't work. But when I type in the test mode on your post it's there and works! Although my IM is also unregistered.

 

I really am at the end of my tether and it's only been 24 hours!! Should I stick with it - will I get wifi calling in the end?? Or shall I run back and hide behind the Apple once more?! slight_smile 

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@ZRB Sorry to hear you are having similar problems.  Your experience sounds very familiar.  I am confident I have (most recently) been liaising with the right people in O2.  If they can't sort the problem I don't think there is anyone else who could.

 

Personally I love the Pixel 3, having also switched from iPhones (since iPhone 3GS).  WiFi calling not working as it should is the only downside given the patchy O2 signal where I live.


If you are happy with the switch I would suggest holding on for a week or two to see how O2 get in with resolving the issue.  As previously mentioned they know what the issue is, have replicated the problem, and are working on a fix.

 

I will update as and when I hear anything further.

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Well if O2 don't enable WiFi calling for my Pixel 2 then it's off to EE for me once my contract is up.
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@MarkH76 wrote:
Well if O2 don't enable WiFi calling for my Pixel 2 then it's off to EE for me once my contract is up.

O2 do not have any plans for wifi calling on the Pixel 2.

Insufficient demand apparently.

I have no affiliation whatsoever with O2 or any subsidiary companies. Comments posted are entirely of my own opinion. This is not Customer Service so we are unable to help with account specific issues.

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OnePlus 6 (O2 & Sfr), Z3 Tablet (Three UK), iPhone 8+ (EE)
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Same issue here on an insurance replacement Pixel 3. It's also an unlocked device.

They are giving me the option of a cash settlement. However worried now that if I buy another Pixel 3 from O2 it will have the same issue.

Tried all of the bits with the hash code but it does not stay on.
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Had to come here and post as I stumbled along this thread whilst searching for a solution to this WiFi calling problem. Like most others here, the option to turn on WiFi calling was not present in my settings, however it seems today I've managed to stumble along a solution that works for me and hopefully it will work for others as well.

In Settings > Network and Internet > WiFi > WiFi Preferences, there is a setting called "Connect to open networks" which was disabled on my phone by default. I activated it, and hey presto, the WiFi and 4G calling options now appear under Settings > Network and Internet > Mobile Network > Advanced.

Having activated WiFi and 4G calling in my O2 account, my network now shows "O2 - WiFi Calling" when I'm at home.
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Good tip.
I have no affiliation whatsoever with O2 or any subsidiary companies. Comments posted are entirely of my own opinion. This is not Customer Service so we are unable to help with account specific issues.

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OnePlus 6 (O2 & Sfr), Z3 Tablet (Three UK), iPhone 8+ (EE)
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@Chris_K wrote:

OnePlus and Sony already do this, and we’re already working with others to do the same. We’ve no further info or dates to share other than a ‘watch this space’.


Hey peeps,

Bit of an update to share on 'wifi preferred' for wifi calling... An update has been approved that'll enable this on the Samsung S9 which we expect to be live soon - within next week or so, we hope. There'll also be an update that'll bring wifi preferred to the Samsung S10 which we currently expect at the end of April, but i'll confirm closer to the time.


Hi. I'm from the Social Media Team.

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