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    Watch receives calls without cell service

    I don’t understand this... I have T-Mobile as my cell provider and I don’t have a plan for my AW. I thought I had all my settings so that I wouldn’t receive calls on my watch, but sometimes I get random calls. I don’t even know how this is possible without have the cellular plan activated.
    Does this make any sense?

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    Re: Watch receives calls without cell service

    Shot in the dark -- is your phone nearby?

    Or is it connected to a wifi network?
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    Re: Watch receives calls without cell service

    T mobile has wifi calling. I like it too because in the work building I don't get any cellular signal.

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    Re: Watch receives calls without cell service

    Same WiFi signal your iPhone has access to.


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    Re: Watch receives calls without cell service

    No wifi... the times that it happened I was driving (my car doesn't have wifi) or I was in a meeting (no wifi at my work).

    Interesting about the wifi calling, though. So, can a non-celluar AW receive calls if it has wifi access (assuming you have wifi calling activated on the phone)?

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    Re: Watch receives calls without cell service

    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayron View Post
    No wifi... the times that it happened I was driving (my car doesn't have wifi) or I was in a meeting (no wifi at my work).

    Interesting about the wifi calling, though. So, can a non-celluar AW receive calls if it has wifi access (assuming you have wifi calling activated on the phone)?
    Hmm. Maybe T-Mobile doesn't know that it's not activated.

    I can't remember if I've ever gotten calls on my AW0 or AW2 if they've been on wifi without the phone being on the same network (and at that point, I'm not sure if they're communicating via wifi or bluetooth).

    What I believe is possible is, if the phone is turned on and connected to wifi, and the non-cellular AW is connected to any wifi network, an incoming call goes 1) to the phone, where it 2) gets translated into a VOIP internet call, then 3) gets sent over the internet to the AW.

    However, you say that's not the case this time, either. Double hmm.

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    Re: Watch receives calls without cell service

    Bluetooth connection to your iPhone?


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    Yes, BT is on all the time. Can a phone call be transmitted over BT?

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    Re: Watch receives calls without cell service

    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayron View Post
    Yes, BT is on all the time. Can a phone call be transmitted over BT?
    That’s how my non-LTE Watches have always taken phone calls. It’s like a Bluetooth speakerphone.

    When you were in the car, did you have the phone, too?
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    Re: Watch receives calls without cell service

    that's what apple watch does.. :)
    get calls via bt from iphone.

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