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For customers in rural and regional areas, who have dramas with mobile coverage, Wi-Fi calling is a game changer. It’s a basic idea that lets you make phone calls using your home internet instead of your mobile network.

To enable Wi-Fi calling on your device, there are a few steps that need to be taken into consideration:

  • Your device needs to be compatible with Wi-Fi calling. Most modern smartphones and tablets support this feature, but it’s always best to check to ensure compatibility.
  • A good router can ensure a stable and fast Wi-Fi connection, which is crucial for high-quality voice calls. If the router is old or faulty, it can cause dropped calls, poor call quality, or even prevent Wi-Fi calling from working altogether.
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    Is Wi-Fi Calling free in Australia?

    Wi-Fi Calling service is free to use in Australia as long as you have a compatible device and an active mobile plan that supports the feature. However, data usage from Wi-Fi Calling may be counted from your data allowance, except for unlimited data plans.

    What devices support Wi-Fi calling?

    Wi-Fi calling is supported on most new smartphones including iPhones running iOS 8 or later and Android devices running version 5.0 or later.

    How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling?

    Enabling Wi-Fi calling on an iPhone:

    1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
    2. Tap on “Phone” and then select “Wi-Fi Calling.”
    3. Toggle the switch next to “Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone” to turn it on.
    4. Follow the prompts to enter your emergency address and confirm your wireless connection.

    Enabling Wi-Fi calling on an Android device (the exact steps may vary slightly depending on your device and brand):

    1. Select “Settings” from the menu.
    2. Search and select “Wi-Fi Calling.”
    3. Toggle the switch next to “Wi-Fi Calling” to turn it on.
    4. Follow the prompts to confirm your wireless connection.

    How much data does Wi-Fi calling use?

    Wi-Fi calling uses data from the connected Wi-Fi network, but not from your mobile data allowance.

    It depends on your plan, customers in an unlimited plan don’t need to worry about data usage. But according to WhistleOut, Wi-Fi calling uses approximately 100-120 kbps, which means that you’ll use around 45MB of data per hour.

    Pros and Cons of Wi-Fi Calling

    ProsCons
    Cost SavingsLatency Issues
    Improved CoverageInternet Dependent
    Better Call QualityRouter Dependent

    Pros:

    • Cost Savings: save customers money on their phone bills, especially when traveling or making international calls.
    • Improved Coverage: help customers stay connected in areas that has limited coverage in remote areas, making it difficult to get a strong phone signal.
    • Better Call Quality: provide clearer, more reliable calls than traditional phone calls, because it uses a more stable and higher-quality internet connection to transmit voice data.

    Cons:

    • Latency Issues: suffer from high latency, which can cause delays or poor call quality during Wi-Fi calls.
    • Internet Dependent: if your internet service is offline you won’t be able to use Wi-Fi calling.
    • Router Dependent: Wi-Fi calling is dependent on the router, so if you walk away from the router it could reduce the Wi-Fi signal as well.

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