Our friends from Bloggersideas.com shared their knowledge about Wi-Fi calling to help you better understand what it is, why it’s important and how to use it. Even though Tello does not have this feature available yet, we recommend that you take a look below at this great guest post!
Almost all of us have spent some time in more than a few places where our phone just won’t work. It may be a room at home, a basement cafeteria or any other location with blocked signals. This is where you can save your day using WI-FI calling. Wi-Fi calling and texting use a connected Wi-Fi network instead of the usual phone network. Wi-Fi calling places your call over the internet, even if your cellular signal is spotty or absent. This is just one reason to use Wi-Fi calling, more, coming-up!
🤙 So, what is Wi-Fi calling?
📲 How To turn on Wi-Fi calling on Smartphones
How to enable Wi-Fi calling on Android
- Go to Settings
- Select Network and Internet
- Then tap Wi-Fi calling under Wi-Fi – you might need to visit Advanced
If you don’t have any clue, you can simply search by tapping on the search icon at the top. Slide the toggle, it will turn the Wi-Fi calling on.
How to enable Wi-Fi calling on iOS
- Go to Settings > General > Software Update
- If a software update shows up, download and install, else proceed further.
- Go to Settings > Phone
- Click on Wi-Fi calling.
- Toggle to turn Wi-Fi calling on. Confirm the activation.
On activation of Wi-Fi calling, if you are connected to an available Wi-Fi the status bar should show something similar to you’ll see Wi-Fi after your carrier name in the status bar. Whenever you see this message in the status bar, your calls will tunnel via the internet and you will get better quality.
💰 How much does WiFi calling cost?
📶 How Wi-Fi calling compares to cellular?
🙋 FAQ about Wi-Fi calling
Does Wi-Fi calling drain or save your battery?
In areas with low or no network, you might want to turn it off to increase your battery life. When not connected to a Wi-Fi network, leaving it on can eat up your battery.
Will I be using my data while calling over a Wi-Fi network?
Yes, you will be using your normal data plan in order to make calls. Your carriers may also charge some access fee.
How much data should I expect to be used over a Wi-Fi call?
Although it varies, it’s safe to assume usage of 1 MB data/minute for a voice call and about 7-8 MB of data per minute while making video calls.
What are the requirements for my phone to support Wi-Fi calling, also do all phones support it?
No, not all phones do support Wi-Fi Calling. You need to have a device that has the HD Voice feature activated.
What is the process to activate HD Voice?
The default setting in most phones is “data only”. You need to change your settings to enable data and voice sharing using the 4G LTE Network. This requires you manually enabling VoLTE.If you are an iPhone user, go to Settings, click on Cellular, then give access to LTE and click on ‘Voice and Data’.
What happens if the phone I am using isn’t supportive of Wi-Fi calling?
In case your current phone or the network carrier doesn’t support Wi-Fi calling, you can always use any app to call and text using a Wi-Fi network. The most commonly used are Viber, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Hangout, and Skype.