Wi-Fi calling is one of the hottest new functions of mobile devices, but is Wi-fi calling only for iPhone users or is there an easy alternative for those of us using Android?
For years, every customer unfortunate enough to live in an urban canyon or rural region had wondered why they could take hi-res photos and watch movies on their phones, but couldn’t even muster the signal for a voice call. It remained a niggling issue for many.
But the mobile device market has heard the cries, and is moving on up in functionality. Because nowadays, where there isn’t any network signal, you can almost guarantee there’s Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi coverage is wider by the day, and it seems you’re at a loss trying to find a place that doesn’t have it. There’s the good news.
The better news is that the demand for Wi-Fi calling is being recognised by all major manufacturers and network providers, who are in the process of integrating it into their products and services, if they haven’t already done so. Apple’s more recent models support the Wi-Fi calling function, and the company makes a focus of it in their marketing. But this has led some to wonder is Wi-Fi calling only for iPhone?
Is Wi-Fi calling only for iPhone users?
The answer is no. As it currently stands, Apple is one of a few manufacturers to support the function as standard, and flaunt it as one of their products’ selling points. A lot of Android and Microsoft devices don’t do this. However, that doesn’t mean that Android and Microsoft users are out of luck when they find themselves in a signal black spot.
Networks giant EE are on the ball when it comes to Wi-Fi calling. Of course, any Apple device purchased from them already supports the function, but EE offer Wi-Fi calling compatibility as an extra on Android and Microsoft devices purchased from their stores. A slightly more restrictive offer from Vodafone supplies compatibility with Apple devices and Samsung Galaxy 6 models purchased from them.
Then again, the point of Wi-Fi calling is to release customers from dependency on network availability. So is there a way to enable Wi-Fi calling on your own phone, without having to buy a new device or payment plan from the network providers?
Wi-Fi calling using Google Voice and SIPdroid
Yes, there is. But, as you may have expected, there are a few steps to it. Good old Google provide an app called Google Voice, which can be used for Wi-Fi calls. Download Voice to your device, and then an app called SIPdroid, which provides a SIP compatible with Voice. You will be required to set up accounts on both apps, and link the accounts and then customise your settings, but once it’s all in place, your Android or Microsoft device will be enabled for Wi-Fi calling.
So there we have it. If you were already looking for an upgrade, Apple or EE are good bets for a fancy and compatible new phone model. On the other hand, if you are intent on sticking with the phone you have, but want to enable Wi-Fi calling, you can. It just requires a little patience. And what’s more… it doesn’t just call, it texts too!