Leading British wireless carrier, Vodafone, has announced that its Wi-Fi calling service is now available to some users of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones in the country. According to an update to the company’s webpage regarding Wi-Fi calling, the two premium handsets from Samsung now join the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus as the four devices to support the feature on the company’s network. Vodafone says that all calls made through Wi-Fi will be charged towards an user’s monthly minutes’ allowance, and the company will not charge anything extra over and above regular plan charges for users availing of the new feature. However, the company also makes it clear that the feature itself will only be available conditionally, so not all users of the two devices on Vodafone’s network will be able to make calls via Wi-Fi even now.
For those willing to set up Wi-Fi calling on their Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, Vodafone UK says that the feature will only be available when either of the two devices are bought directly from the carrier – either at one of its brick-and-mortar stores, or online through its website, or even via phone through the company’s customer care team. Also, you’ll need to subscribe to Pay Monthly Red or Red Value bundle, Red+ or Business Premier plan. Wi-Fi calling will not be available to business customers on One Net or One Net Express.
Users meeting all the aforementioned criteria will need to have the latest software on their handsets to be able to enable Wi-Fi calling on their device(s). Once that part is taken care of, users will be able to connect to Wi-Fi by going into ‘Settings’ and connecting to an available Wi-Fi hotspot. Then just texting the word ‘CALLING’ to 97888 will enable the feature on that particular device within 24-hours. Vodafone says that on receiving the text, it will reply back either confirming or denying, depending on the particular user’s eligibility criteria. For users whose applications get approved, Vodafone says that the feature will be available only “when the mobile signal in your area is poor or non-existent, and you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network”.