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I have an iPhone 5. The place I'm moving to has a wi-fi network in place, but there's no cell service (it's in the mountains).

Is there any way to use my iPhone to make/receive calls over the wi-fi network? I'd like it very much if people can still call me while I'm at home.

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Skype or FaceTime (audio) unless you get a mobile cell spot from a provider that you can put into the WiFi network and then get the cellular network at home. –  Andrew U. Mar 3 at 8:54

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Assuming the WiFi connection has enough bandwidth for audio, you could install Skype and use SkypeIn/SkypeOut to be reachable via a phone number.

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And as an addtion: It is possible to create a phone number in skype (support.skype.com/en/faq/FA331/what-is-a-skype-number). So you could just redirect your calls from your cell phone to your skype number if your cell phone has no service. –  frugi Mar 3 at 14:54

Nope, it won't work (directly) and not like you would like it.

If you want to call someone over wifi you need to use a VoIP service/use the SIP protocol.

The only possibility if you want someone to call you on your actual mobile number you need to get a femtocell to extend (very) localy the cellular network.

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Can you elaborate on this? It sounds like you're saying there is a way, but that you have to do...something different. –  Joe Mar 3 at 8:19
    
TLDR : You won't be able to do what you want without a Femtocell. –  Matthieu Riegler Mar 3 at 9:13

Another one to have a look is WhatsApp or Viber. Both these apps allow you to make calls to other uses who have them installed. These use Data rather than a cellular network. the only problem is the person you are calling will need to have these installed.

Just another option for you rather than having to setup skype account.

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Can you confirm that these work when there is no cell service and the app isn't running to alert that an incoming call is in progress? –  bmike Mar 5 at 13:55

Notwithstanding the previous answers, someone has already mentioned a VoIP service. To add more details, you can register with a VoIP hosting company, who will provide you with a login to their service.

With software like Zopier[1] you can make outbound calls from your phone. You won't be able to receive inbound calls unless you actually register a number (which will cost for 'line rental') with a VoIP service, and set up call forwarding when you do have cellular signal from your mobile number to that VoIP number.

Regrettably, without a Femtocell there's no alternative to this for text messaging except for iMessage, so unless all of your contacts are on iOS you don't have a choice here.

[1] there are others - some more here: http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/voip-apps-for-ios

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