If you're a T-Mobile or Sprint customer, you can take advantage of Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone. The feature is disabled by default, but it's easy to turn on. Read on to learn how.
Wi-Fi calling lets you use broadband Internet connections via Wi-Fi networks to send and receive calls and text messages. WiFi calling works around weak cell signals, and the time you spend on calls typically doesn't count against your monthly talk minutes.
You'll need an iPhone 5s, 5c, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8 or higher, and Sprint users need iOS 8.3. Here's how to enable WiFi calling for supported carriers:
- Tap Settings
- Tap Phone
- Enable Wi-Fi Calling
Wi-Fi Calling setting on the iPhone (artist rendition)
Once enabled, your iPhone will automatically use Wi-Fi whenever possible. You can tell when you're using a Wi-Fi network for calls because you'll see "Wi-Fi" next to your carrier's name in your iPhone's status bar.
T-Mobile offered Wi-Fi calling support last September, and Sprint joined in yesterday with the release of iOS 8.3. Verizon and AT&T are still holding out, although AT&T did say Wi-Fi calling support will eventually come.
Since I'm an AT&T subscriber, I don't even have the luxury of seeing a grayed out version of the Wi-Fi Calling setting.
For all of you T-Mobile and Sprint customers, along with EE users in the UK, enjoy your Wi-Fi calling. Maybe someday AT&T and Verizon will join in on the fun.