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My daughter is looking for a new phone but we're in a really poor signal area (for all providers) and don't receive texts. However, on my EE contract the wi-fi calling works for texts as well phone calls, so I can send and receive them with no problem. That wasn't the case on O2, which was the main reason I changed networks - in this age of 2FA you can't really get by without receiving texts.

 

So, just checking: this still isn't possible on O2, is it? I've seen something (here) that said they were intending to start rolling it out by the end of 2021, but nothing to say that actually have done so.

 

Thanks in advance...

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There is currently testing going on with the S20 range

No news as to when they will roll this out on other phones yet

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There is currently testing going on with the S20 range

No news as to when they will roll this out on other phones yet

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@DuncanKent 

You can keep checking the compatibility list here https://www.o2.co.uk/connectivity/wifi-and-4g-calling to see if/when other handsets are added.

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Excellent - thanks, both of you. It's strange to see from that list that this is available on the S20 but not the S21; I'd have thought they'd start with the newer handsets first. Hopefully that'll change soon, although it may be too late for us.

 

It still seems strange that O2 are making such heavy weather of this when it's fully and easily available on the other networks, but at least they've finally started.

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I think its to load test the systems, and make sure everything works as it should do, and a lot of enterprise customers have the S20 series, i think we have over 200 of the things.. 

 

I have heard horror stories from some PreSales guys in some of the networks about rolling out SMSoWiFi and its very flaky in a lot of cases. 

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The annoying and incomprehensive issue for me is that O2 have the technology and systems to implement this across their network

Think back to TuGo and O2Ask whereby these were two apps that allowed all customers to send texts over wifi

Both apps discontinued after O2 decided they were losing revenue

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