Verizon Wireless Wi-Fi Calling to Debut on Samsung Galaxy S6 / Edge Android Phones [VIDEO]
Verizon announced over the weekend that Wi-Fi Calling is on the way to select Android smartphone owners starting December 8. Receiving the over-the-air (OTA) update rollout of Verizon's Advanced Calling perk will be Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge devices only. Verizon's Advanced Calling promises natural sounding high definition voice and video calling.
Similar to Apple FaceTime, the iOS video calling app found on iPhone and iPad, Wi-Fi Calling lets you make and receive calls as well as participate in video calls over a stable Wi-Fi connection. For those who use Wi-Fi at home in the office or when traveling, this bonus feature offers flexibility in how you use your device.
Other Verizon customers on the network will be able to take advantage of this new feature in the beginning of next year. "Wi-Fi Calling will initially be available on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and will be rolled out as a software update in phases. Additional Android and iOS devices will receive Wi-Fi Calling capabilities via future software updates expected early next year, Verizon said in a news release. "All Wi-Fi calls made to U.S. phone numbers are free. Calls made to foreign numbers are billed at international long distance rates," Verizon added.
Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners should know that like with any software update, you'll see a notification pop up on your screen when your update is ready. Once you download and install the update you can then enable the Wi-Fi Calling feature on your Android phone. As an alternative to waiting around for the update, you can also check for your software update manually by navigating to Settings> System update> Update now on your phone.