It used to be that people would use calling and texting more than browsing the web when they’re on their smartphones. But all of that is history of course. With free messaging apps (and some have free calling features too) all around, then it looks like voice calling is the only non-data, non-WiFi thing you need your phone for. Well, pretty soon that’s going to change as more carriers adopt WiFi calling features for their subscribers. Verizon is the latest one to do so.
Starting December 8, Verizon subscribers who have the compatible Samsung smartphones and who have activated Advanced Calling features will be able to make WiFi calls to each other, and all they need is a stable Internet connection. In case you need to save up your free minutes on your plan but you still have to make a lot of calls, then this is your best option, especially if you have good data connection at home, in the office, or even while traveling.
The bad news is that it will only be available initially for owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. But of course they will soon be expanding this as more people start to use and enjoy WiFi calling. The feature will be activated through a software update. After you’ve installed the latest update, you need to turn on the Advanced Calling then WiFI calling feature in the menu. If you’re using Verizon’s 4G LTE network then you suddenly use signal, your device will be able to seamlessly transfer to a WiFi hotspot.
Verizon’s Advanced Calling feature has been available for more than a year now, allowing subscribers to make HD Voice and and Video Calling calls on the network. This is available in more than 20 handsets already, so expect WiFi calling to roll out to more devices soon.