Verizon will finally roll out Wi-Fi calling functionality this week to Android customers.
The company announced recently that starting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, Verizon customers with Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices will be able to receive voice calls and initiate video calls using their Wi-Fi connection.
The Wi-Fi calling capability will roll out in software updates in phases, with the update expected to launch on more Android as well as iOS devices early next year.
Using Wi-Fi makes these calls free in the U.S.; however, calls made to numbers outside the U.S. will be billed at international rates. The voice calls run completely on the Internet technology, which can provide clearer calls as well as include video services. Customers can use this feature when they are using Wi-Fi when at home, at the office, when traveling or wherever a Wi-Fi connection is available.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge customers can activate the Wi-Fi feature by downloading the latest software update and turning on Advanced Calling from the Settings menu.
Verizon is the last major U.S. wireless carrier to offer Wi-Fi calling. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint already provide their customers with this free calling option. The company has now decided to roll out the feature after getting the required official waiver from the FCC to do so.
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