Native Wi-Fi calling has arrived for Telstra customers who own Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices, following the Android 7.0 Nougat software update released to customers today.

We’ve worked closely with Samsung to extend Wi-Fi calling to a greater number of Australians, who will now be able to make and receive mobile calls wherever there’s an accessible Wi-Fi connection[i], like at home or on public Wi-Fi, including over 750,000 Telstra Air hotspots across Australia.

Wi-Fi calling helps our customers stay connected in more places by seamlessly transferring mobile calls between Telstra’s 4G network and Wi-Fi (even while the call is in progress) – extending voice coverage to places in a home or apartment building where a mobile network just can’t reach.

While this technology is an exciting step toward next generation mobile services, it enhances our customers’ calling experiences today.

Wi-Fi calling makes mobile voice calls accessible to even more Australians, including those who live in regional or rural areas that may not have mobile coverage but do have a home broadband service with Wi-Fi. These customers will now be able to make voice calls on their mobiles wherever there is a supported Wi-Fi connection.

Within the year we’re going to see native Wi-Fi calling extend to even more Australians, as it becomes a standard feature for new smartphone devices and as the technology is rolled-out with smartphone operating software updates.

Telstra Wi-Fi calling will be rolled-out over the next week in Australia on Samsung S7 and S7 Edge smartphones that are upgraded with the latest Android software update; the service is also available on Samsung S6 and S6 Edge devices.

Wondering what other mobile trends you can expect to see this year? Take a look at my recent post on the best smartphone features coming to your phone in 2017.

Find out more about Telstra Wi-Fi calling.

[i] Available to Telstra consumer customers in Australia, and subject to firewall settings for that Wi-Fi connection.