AT&T customers who own certain iPhone models now have access to Wi-Fi calling, the telecommunications giant announced Thursday.
This feature gives cellphone users the option to make and receive calls via a wireless Internet connection rather than via the traditional cell connection. To do so, callers must be in range of a wireless network.
The new option is handy for making calls in areas where a traditional signal is tough to get, such as homes or offices with dense building construction, for example.
There is no additional charge on Wi-Fi calls made from the U.S. and to U.S. phone numbers. To take advantage of the feature, though, AT&T customers need:
- A compatible iPhone with the operating system known as iOS 9 installed.
- A postpaid wireless account set up for HD voice.
- A Wi-Fi Internet connection, such as at home or the office.
The compatible iPhone models are:
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
AT&T customers can also now send and receive texts via Wi-Fi, although the company notes that such messages are counted and charged under customers’ existing rate plans.
To learn more about the feature, visit AT&T’s “Wi-Fi Calling” Web page.
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