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.
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