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bostonman:
I have an iPhone X, and, while at work (along with various places) connected to WiFi; with WiFi calling enabled.

At work I get terrible cell service and usually dependent on WiFI. Usually iMessages go through without a problem while text messages may fail several times. Also, sometimes I can send photos within a iMessage (or text messages) without an issue, but other times they'll fail several times.

My understanding is when connected to WiFi, the text messages (and I assume attachments) go through WiFI, therefore I shouldn't have failures.

Does anyone know why the phone sporadically decides to not send either iMessages, text messages, or attachments?

tautech:
Plain SMS (text) messages won't go through on a WiFi connection, only iMessages.

A little trick we use when overseas and not wanting the additional cost of Roaming is to leave our iPhones in Flight mode but with WiFi ON.
All those that have their iMessage turned ON and those that email have no issues connecting with us.  :)

bostonman:

--- Quote ---Plain SMS (text) messages won't go through on a WiFi connection, only iMessages.
--- End quote ---


So why do attachments sometimes fail to send when they are an iMessage?

Also, why can't SMS (text) messages go through WiFi?

tautech:

--- Quote from: bostonman on November 20, 2019, 06:15:24 pm ---
--- Quote ---Plain SMS (text) messages won't go through on a WiFi connection, only iMessages.
--- End quote ---


So why do attachments sometimes fail to send when they are an iMessage?
--- End quote ---
Dunno, do you have the latest IOS installed ? Never tried that as I normally attach them to mail.


--- Quote ---Also, why can't SMS (text) messages go through WiFi?
--- End quote ---
Because they're for the cellular network.

There are cellular network boosters available AFAIK for locales where reception is marginal.

bostonman:

--- Quote ---Dunno, do you have the latest IOS installed ? Never tried that as I normally attach them to mail.
--- End quote ---

Yes, I have the latest. I'm assuming maybe poor WiFi signal causes this at times, but currently I have almost full strength and can't send an attachment.

Other times an attachment goes through immediately when using standard text messages event though I'm at work with poor reception.

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