As the title suggests, we will talk about TracFone WiFI calling in today’s article. We will start with the basics and explain what WiFi calling is and how it works. Then we will move on to take have a look at the details of that feature for TracFone.
By going through the sections below you will gain a deeper understanding of WiFi calling in general and learn how to make the most of it using TracFone. We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to check if your phone is eligible for that option and how to activate it on iPhone or Android.
Moreover, we will also take a closer look at some of the alternatives you may use to make free calls using a WiFi connection.
Are you ready to dive into the TracFone WiFi calling? Let’s do this!
What is Wi-Fi Calling
Before we can discuss the Tracfone WiFi calling, we need to make sure that you all have at least the most basic understanding of what WiFi calling is.
As the name of this feature suggests it obviously has something to do with WiFi and calling, right? That is exactly right.
Wi-Fi calling is a special feature that most new phone models have, which enables you to make/take calls and send/receive texts via a WiFi connection instead of using the cellular network.
If you are an experienced smartphone user, you may be thinking that these options have been available for many years now using apps like WhatsApp, Skype, Google Hangouts, and similar. This is true, and these apps still enable you to use a WiFi connection to send texts within the apps, use voice calling, and in most cases even video calling.
So what’s the advantage of WiFi calling? Well for starters you do not need any of the above apps if your phone has that function. WiFi calling uses your WiFi connection to automatically apply that option to your calls and texts (SMS messages), which can be extremely practical, especially if you have limited air time or poor cellular signal.
Of course, you need to keep in mind that in order to use WiFi calling you need to have a WiFi connection available. Moreover, to have a good experience, a WiFi connection must be provided by a reliable and fast internet source.
Does TracFone Provide WiFi Calling?
This whole article would be quite pointless if that wasn’t the case, right? So, the answer is yes, Tracfone does offer a WiFi calling option. Of course, certain conditions must be meet in order for it to function. We will cover those in detail in the following section.
We need to point out that TracFone operates using other wireless providers’ networks – it is a virtual carrier. TracFone uses T-Mobile’s, AT&T’s, and Verizon’s cellular networks, which means that they have an impressive coverage. Of course, you do not get to use all three networks at the time. On which network you’ll be operating is determined by the type of TracFone SIM card you use.
Requirements For WiFi Calling On TracFone
At this point, you already know that WiFi calling is a feature that allows you to make and receive calls and send and receive messages over Wi-Fi. In order to use this feature, you need to make sure your phone meets the following criteria:
- Is active – only active devices may use carrier-related services
- Has a Wi-Fi calling SIM card – to make use of TracFone WiFi calling you obviously need one of their SIM cards
- Has Wi-Fi calling capabilities – keep in mind that not all phone models support Wi-Fi calling.
To make things even easier for their customers, TracFone provides an option to check if TracFone WiFi calling is available to you by entering your phone number. This option is very practical if you are not a TracFone user yet, and are interested in their ‘Bring Your Own Phone’ option.
Once on the website, enter your phone number in the designated box. Then use your phone to text the word FOUR to 611611. You will receive a four-digit number, which you need to enter in the designated box. Then click the ‘CHECK ELIGIBILITY’ button to complete the process.
How to Setup WiFi Calling On TracFone?
If you are interested in using TracFone WiFi calling, make sure to first go through the section above. Do you meet all the criteria? If so, you will be able to activate the WiFi calling option very easily.
The exact steps may vary from phone to phone, as they have slightly different settings options and menus, however, the iPhone and Android instructions below should guide you quite well. Use the steps that match your phone (iPhone or Android).
How to Setup TracFone WiFi Calling On iPhone:
- Go to Settings > Cellular > Wi-Fi Calling and then toggle on Wi-Fi Calling on your Phone.
How to Setup TracFone WiFi Calling On Android:
- Settings > Networks & Internet > Mobile network > Advanced > Wi-Fi Calling, where you can then toggle on WiFi calling
Note: The exact steps may vary from model to model slightly. In case you are having any difficulties, make sure to call the support for assistance.
How To Make Free Calls Using WiFi On TracFone?
Once you activate WiFi calling using the steps above (assuming that your phone has that option and that is eligible with TracFone services), you dial or text as you normally would. The routing from using cellular to using WiFi signal for your call or text is handled automatically in the background.
There is not much control over it and you need to trust the technology to do its job properly.
How Much does WiFi Calling Cost On TracFone?
One of the amazing perks of Wi-Fi calling is that you may use it when cell service isn’t available. Quite amazing, right? So, if you are in a place that has a WiFI network available but very poor or even no reception, you may use WiFi calling.
Another amazing benefit of WiFi calling is the fact that it is free. There are no extra bills, overages, or mystery fees for WiFi calling.
All Tracfone customers are eligible for Wi-Fi calling as long as your device is active and supports the feature. This applies to all calls, local and international, which is even more impressive.
Which Phones Support WiFi Calling On TracFone?
As explained in the ‘Requirements for WiFi Calling On TracFone’ section, all phones that are active, have a Wi-Fi calling SIM card, and have Wi-Fi calling capabilities should support WiFi calling.
This includes the majority of new TracFone iPhone and Android phones.
Why My TracFone Phones Doesn’t Support WiFi Calling?
The most common reason for a TracFone not supporting WiFi calling lies in the fact that the phone doesn’t support that feature. However, compatibility issues may also occur. Since TracFone operates on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, compatibility problems may arise based on various reasons.
These sort of compatibility issues were relatively common about three years ago when WiFi calling was being implemented. However, now that WiFi calling is already well established, there are very few compatibility problems.
TracFone WiFi Calling Alternatives
Is your TracFone WiFi calling not functioning? If so, you should not worry at all. There are many alternatives to WiFi calling that are also free to use. They may not be as practical since they require the use of third-party apps but to be honest, they are not that complicated either. After all, we are all used to using all sorts of apps by now, right?
Below is the list of apps that you may use to make free calls. Of course, you need a proper WiFi connection to make use of those options for free.
Note: If there is no WiFi connection, the apps will use your mobile data, which can result in unwanted costs.
Aside from WiFi connection, you also need to make sure that the person on the other side (the one you want to call or send a message to) is also using the same app (has it installed on their phone and is logged in).
Free call/messaging options:
- Google Hangouts
- Messenger Lite
We’ve cover basically all there is to cover when it comes to TracFone WiFi calling. That means that you are now able to determine whether or not you want to make use of this feature and how to go about activating it.
We hope you’ll be able to put the knowledge gained above to good use and that you will enjoy your free TracFone WiFi calling.
Keep in mind that in case of any additional questions or issues, you may always reach out to TracFone support and they’ll be more than happy to assist you. They offer online chat that is available from 8 AM – 11:45 PM (EST) 7 days a week. Their call lines (1-800-867-7183) are available during the same times.
Enjoy your TracFone WiFi calling to the fullest!