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What is WiFi Calling, and how can I get it on my smartphone?
Mobile Phone & Internet Blog | MATE | 3 January 2023
WiFi calling is a feature that allows users to make and receive phone calls over a wireless internet connection instead of using a mobile cellular network. WiFi calling can be beneficial when cellular mobile network reception is weak or unavailable, such as in rural or regional areas.
One of the main advantages of WiFi calling is that it can provide better coverage and call quality than a mobile network. Since WiFi networks are typically more stable and have a stronger signal than mobile networks, calls made over WiFi are generally clearer and more reliable. If you happen to live or work in a mobile blackspot, then you’ll know how frustrating it is to have poor mobile reception. With WiFi calling, even if you have poor or non-existent mobile coverage, you’ll be able to make and receive calls without any issues.
Additionally, WiFi calling can be a valuable feature during emergencies. In the event of a natural disaster or another emergency that knocks out the mobile network, WiFi calling can provide a vital means of communication for people who need to contact emergency services or loved ones.
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Many Australian mobile providers offer WiFi calling as a feature to their customers. Major providers that offer this service include Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone, while a handful of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) have this feature available. At MATE, all of our no-contract, postpaid mobile plans include WiFi calling as a standard feature at no extra cost. In addition, MATE is powered by Australia’s trusted network for the best coverage when you’re away from a Wi-Fi network.
To use WiFi calling, customers must have a compatible device and be connected to a WiFi network. Thankfully, many smartphones released recently are equipped with this WiFi calling. Some examples of popular smartphone models that offer WiFi calling include the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel range. Still, it is essential to note that not all versions or carriers of these smartphones may support WiFi calling, so it is best to check with the specific device manufacturer and carrier for compatibility. Additionally, some smartphones may require the user to enable the WiFi calling feature in their device settings to use it.
Another thing to consider is that WiFi calling uses data from your internet plan. Although calls made over WiFi will only use a small amount of data, they still require an internet connection, so it is essential to consider your data usage if you are on a limited or capped data home internet plan. At MATE, all of our no-contract nbn internet plans include unlimited data, and if you bundle one of our great value mobile plans, you’ll save up to $120 per year!
Overall, WiFi calling helps improve your mobile coverage and call quality, saves money on phone bills, and provides an alternative means of communication in emergencies. Many Australian mobile providers offer this service, and customers with a compatible device can easily take advantage of it.