04March 2022

Wi-Fi Calling

Maybe you have heard about the term – ‘Wi-Fi Calling ‘before. But what exactly is Wi-Fi calling? How is Wi-Fi calling different than the other calling methods? In this article, we will go over Wi-Fi calling with you.

What is Wi-Fi Calling?

Traditionally, people make phone calls by using their telecommunication providers’ networks, like Rogers, Bell, and Telus. The network providers will charge you a predefined rate for every phone call you made. This is not the case when we have Wi-Fi calling. By using Wi-Fi calling, the connection is through the wireless internet, instead of the Cellular Data. Wi-Fi calls became more and more prevalent during these two years. The pandemic has somewhat changed people’s attitudes toward remote work. In addition, more people realize their home internet speed plays a crucial role when they need to work from home.

How does Wi-Fi calling work?

Wi-Fi calling uses a VoIP (Voice over internet protocol) system which means delivering voice communication and multimedia sessions over internet protocol networks. Some mobile apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, and Skype use VoIP technology to make calls.

When you turn on your WIFI calling, your smartphone will connect to either the cellular or Wi-Fi networks, whichever has the strongest signal now. People always misunderstand the concept of “Wi-Fi calling”. They believe “Wi-Fi calling means making a phone call by using Wi-Fi.”

While this is not completely wrong. With Wi-Fi calling, your phone will automatically choose to connect to the Wi-Fi network only if it has the strongest signal than your carrier’s cellular network.

In most situations, your cellular provider will treat Wi-Fi calls as regular calls. That means there typically aren’t any extra fees to use this feature, but your Wi-Fi call minutes will be deducted from your phone plan’s monthly usage.

How to turn on Wi-Fi calling on an iPhone?

1. From the home screen, go to ‘Settings’.

2. Go to ‘Cellular’ and tap ‘Wi-Fi Calling’.

How to turn on Wi-Fi calling on Android Phones?

1. Go to “settings”, and then hit the Network and Internet button.

2. Click “Wi-Fi Preferences and Tap Advanced”.

3. There you can see the WI-FI Calling feature, enabling the “Wi-Fi Calling”.

What is the benefit of Wi-Fi calling?

  • Wi-Fi calling maintains a high voice quality even if the area is not covered by a cellular signal.
  • Nowadays, most devices have a built-in Wi-Fi calling application, so no separate application is needed.
  • Some research indicated that the current cellular network may drain your smartphone’s battery, but this is not the case with wireless connections.

What is the disadvantage of Wi-Fi calling?

  • In some places like an airport, a café, or a hotel, the Wi-Fi signal is not that strong. Also, you need to share the bandwidth with other users, so your voice quality may suffer when many users are connecting to the same network at the same time.
  • When you aren’t using the Wi-Fi connection for Wi-Fi calling, your smartphone may use cellular data to make a call, and this may be subject to access fees.
  • Not all devices support Wi-Fi calling.

Is Wi-Fi Calling the best option for me?

Without any doubt, Wi-Fi calling is not the best option for you if you are into online gaming, Youtube streaming, or have other online activities happening at the same time since all the online traffic is competing for bandwidth. Not to mention if you do not have high-speed internet in your house.

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