Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 08:46
Category: iPhone, News, wireless
At long last, AT&T has activated Wi-Fi calling.
The carrier has apparently activated this feature, assorted customers having stated they were able to activate Wi-Fi calling on their iPhones.
Wi-Fi calling is a feature that lets calls be placed over a wireless connection when cellular connectivity is poor, functioning much like an AT&T M-Cell does now. It’s similar to Apple’s own FaceTime Audio feature, which also routes calls over a Wi-Fi connection.
The feature can be activated by going into Settings, then the Phone section, then toggling on the Wi-Fi calling feature. From there, there are a set of steps to walk through, including entering an emergency 911 address. Wi-Fi calling is available on the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus running iOS 9.
Wi-Fi calling customers will need to have the AT&T HD voice features enables along with an active Internet connection. Wi-Fi calling can be used for voice calls within the United States, Puerto Rico, and United States Virgin Islands at no charge. Long distance global voice calls will be charged standard long distance rates.
Once the setup process is complete, customers are receiving notifications letting them know the Wi-Fi calling feature will be available after a short activation period.
AT&T had initially promised the Wi-Fi calling feature to appear alongside the iOS 9 launch, but last week announced the feature was delayed due to its inability to get an FCC waiver that would temporarily allow the carrier to forgo offering support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing customers. The carrier finally received clearance from the FCC on Tuesday.
If you’ve had a chance to try the Wi-Fi calling feature and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.