Some Verizon Wireless customers will soon be able to enjoy Wi-Fi calling as the carrier intends to roll it out to those who have Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge soon. More devices, including iPhones, are going to receive the feature early next year.
Big Red has announced that starting Dec. 8, owners of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge can already make and receive calls and start video calls by means of Wi-Fi Internet connection.
"Verizon customers already enjoy the largest and most reliable wireless network in the United States, and Advanced Calling with Wi-Fi Calling provides an alternative for those who wish to use Wi-Fi in the home, office or while traveling," says Verizon.
The carrier plans to release Wi-Fi calling as a software update in phases.
Calls made to phone numbers in the U.S. are totally free of charge. However, if customers wish to call foreign numbers, they are going to be charged at international long distance rates.
This feature is specifically advantageous when users find themselves in a spot with weak or no carrier coverage.
How To Activate Wi-Fi Calling
Users should first download and install the latest software update to activate Wi-Fi calling on Android. They should then turn on Advanced Calling under the settings menu. Upon activating Advanced Calling, subscribers can already use Wi-Fi calling.
Verizon began offering Advanced Calling over a year ago. This allows Video Calling on 21 smartphones and HD Voice on 28 handsets via its 4G LTE network.
The company is the last of the four major wireless carriers in the U.S. to offer this functionality. In October, AT&T began offering the feature exclusively for iPhones. Sprint and T-Mobile rolled out this feature to their customers earlier.
Verizon's move to roll out Wi-Fi calling comes after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved its request for a waiver to offer this service.