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AT&T Launches Wi-Fi Calling for iOS 9

Oct 9, 2015
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If you have the new iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus or even last year’s model of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you can now make calls over Wi-Fi if you are an AT&T customer and have iOS 9. This is a native feature on a lot of the smartphones out there, meaning a lot of smartphones now allow you to make calls over Wi-Fi, and AT&T has finally enabled this feature for customers. This immediate feature comes right off the heels of the Federal Communications Commission granting AT&T a waiver request for this specific feature.

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While most people probably know what Wi-Fi calling is, for those who do not know what this is, it is essentially what it sounds like. Wi-Fi calling is a feature that allows you to carry out phone calls through a wireless connection when the regular cell phone signals are poor in quality. If you live out in the rural areas of America, you will often find that your cell phone does not get a signal, or the signal is so low that the phone calls will often cut out or sound like static. By using Wi-Fi calling you will be able to make a clear phone call as long as you are using a wireless connection on your iOS device.

The program with AT&T starts today, and it will work for people who have the latest iPhones on the market, which are the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 6S Plus, which are the 2014 and 2015 models of Apple phones. As long as your handset is running the operating system known as iOS 9. which is the newest operating system for Apple devices, you will be able to use this new feature. This feature works whether you are receiving phone calls or you are trying to make phone calls, so there is no worries about missing a phone call due to poor connectivity, which is nice if you use your cell phone for business purposes while in locations such as your home which have poor cell signal.

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The best part about Wi-Fi calling is that no matter where you are with a weak signal or if you find yourself without carrier coverage, you will be able to make phone calls and get phone calls. You can use the local wireless networks either setup at your own home or one that is available in a public area, such as a cafe or library, and this will really help people who often find themselves without carrier coverage. Since the Wi-Fi calling is something that is built into the device itself, you do not have to download any third-party apps or other services in order to use this feature, which means it is available to you on the go at any minute you need to use it.

If you look at cell phone carriers in the United States, AT&T makes the third carrier to roll out the Wi-Fi calling feature, as Sprint and T-Mobile have already rolled out this feature. AT&T really wanted to roll out the Wi-Fi calling feature to its customers back when iOS 9 launched a month ago, but there was a lot of red tape involved in this process. In fact, AT&T had accused the Federal Communications Commission of basically dragging its feet when it came to approving those waivers that AT&T needed in order to offer the Wi-Fi calling feature to customers. Naturally, the Federal Communications Commission denied any sort of allegation that AT&T said, including that the agency denied it was dragging its feet with the applications.

A lot of Wi-Fi only carriers automatically default to Wi-Fi before using the cellular network around, which actually is better for the customer because it allows the customer to maintain quality cell signal no matter where they are, and it helps ensure that the phone calls are not missed due to being out of location of a cell tower. Some of these networks that automatically default to the Wi-Fi signal include Scratch Wireless, Republic Wireless, and also Project Fi, which is through Google.

You can start using this feature immediately, but there are a few things you need to know, such as you need an AT&T HD voice feature enabled, and you also need an internet connection. You must also be a customer or user of AT&T. You can use the Wi-Fi calling to call people in the United States, United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, and there are no charges associated with using this feature at all, which is great. The best part about this is that you can enable the feature and then not worry about it, and it won’t interfere with any features on your phone otherwise.

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Jeanne Rose is a freelance writer currently living in Ohio. Jeanne is an avid football fan and can be found cheering for the bengals on Sundays.