AT&T subscribers can now use Wi-Fi Calling

Two days after being granted permission to offer Wi-Fi calling by the FCC, AT&T activated this feature today, allowing its customers to make and receive calls and text messages over Wi-Fi when located in areas with poor or no cellular coverage.

As a refresher, Wi-Fi Calling does exactly what the name suggests: Users can make calls over a Wi-Fi connection if their cellular connection is not strong enough. It works similar to AT&T’s M-Cell, or in the same way as Apple’s FaceTime Audio, which routes to a Wi-Fi Connection when available.

To get it working, AT&T subscribers need to have AT&T HD Voice features enabled, and a connection to the Internet is obviously required for the feature to work. As it stands right now, Wi-Fi Calling is available in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. There’s no extra charge to use it by default, but long distance calling will be charged at AT&T’s normal rate.

Finally, to turn on Wi-Fi Calling, head into Settings –> Phone and then toggling Wi-Fi Calling on. Once the user does that, there’s onscreen instructions to follow through set-up procedures, which includes inputting an emergency 911 address.

How to test Wi-Fi calling? To test out Wi-Fi calling, put your iPhone in Airplane Mode, then turn Wi-Fi on. Within a second or two, you should see the AT&T Wi-Fi icon show in your status bar.



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