We’ve all been there—trying to find that one bar in the conference room to dial into a meeting, losing your friends in the subway because they couldn’t call you to let you know that they are grabbing the next train, or only hearing every other word on a call with mom in your house. These issues are caused by dead zones, which are essentially locations that signals from carrier towers cannot reach because of barriers like thick walls, few feet of earth above you, metal doors, etc.
We hate dead zones. That’s why we are getting rid of them from your office, home, and everywhere in between, by expanding our indoor coverage with WiFi calling. The only difference from regular calls is that your phones essentially use the internet from your WiFi to connect to the carrier’s core network instead of using the cell towers. You can call or text anyone from anywhere. You can read about the finer points of how WiFi calling works over here.
WiFi calling on our GSM network had been one of the most requested features and we’re delighted that we can fill this last-mile connectivity gap with an innovative solution. This is just one more step towards our ambition of making connectivity modern and seamless.
At the moment, we’re not offering WiFi calling on our Super LTE networks, because the coverage is so great that we barely get any requests for extended coverage on it. It will also take us a bit longer to bring WiFi Calling to iPhones as there’s still a significant amount of work with Apple required.
How does it work?
All you need to do is turn on WiFi calling on your device. It will start working automatically once it’s turned on: all you need is WiFi. Here are the instructions for turning it on for Android and iOS.
What are the benefits of WiFi Calling?
- No extra apps needed
Unlike other VoIP solutions like Skype, or Whatsapp, WiFi Calling doesn’t need any app. Once it’s activated in your phone settings, it’s automatic. You dial other people normally, and it shows up on your regular dialer, and calls appear in your regular call history.
- No change to your bill
Wi-Fi calling won’t cost you anything extra. Calls and texts come out of your monthly plans as normal. Your bill stays the same.
- Seamless handoffs between WiFi calling and VoLTE
You’ll be able to start your call over WiFi at home, and as you step outside your call will seamlessly transition over to our 4G and 5G network, where available.
- Way more coverage everywhere
You can now connect from more places than ever, and even make calls from places you never thought were possible—make calls from the back office, the basement, or even the subway.
- Connect Anywhere. Even from outside the US
Make calls and send messages for the same price you pay at home anywhere in the world as long as you have WiFi calling.