Technology has changed the way businesses make voice calls. WiFi calling can help certain entrepreneurs and offices cut their traditional phone lines, saving money and making the most of the resources they already have. If you’re interested in learning more about WiFi calls, here’s a beginner’s guide.
What is WiFi Calling?
WiFi calling is a mobile phone feature that allows you to text and make voice calls using your phone’s WiFi connection instead of your traditional cellular network. It’s available on most major smartphones, including iPhone and Android phones.
You simply have to enable WiFi calling in your phone’s settings and have access to a WiFi connection to use this feature. The exact process varies by device. Additionally, there are some third party apps that allow users to make WiFi calls, like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
What is the Point of WiFi Calling?
Cellular networks don’t cover every area, and they occasionally have outages. With WiFi calling, you can use the WiFi connection at your home or business as a backup. This prevents you from dropping calls and allows you to stay in touch even when your cellular service fails.
For example, you can make calls in an area with spotty reception. You can even send texts on airplanes using WiFi. Technically, you could even make voice and video calls on planes as well, but most airlines prohibit this. WiFi calling may also come in handy for those who have met the limits of their cellular plan.
Is WiFi Calling Free?
WiFi calls within the U.S. are generally free, as long as you have a device that supports this feature. It’s included on popular Android smartphones and iPhones. However, you may need to pay for your own wireless network at home or at the office. If you plan to make WiFi calls on the road, you may need to purchase a hotspot, which often retails for between $20 and $50.