Having provided the option for iPhone users looking to make such international calls back in March, AT&T today announced that owners of certain Android devices will now also have access to Wi-Fi calling.
So if you’re stuck in a spot with lousy to non-existent cell coverage – my kids’ school, for example – you’ll be able to call and text without stepping outside.
The Android option is limited for starters to LG G4 but AT&T indicated that others will follow “soon.”
From an AT&T blog post:
Once Wi-Fi Calling is set-up and your smartphone connects to a Wi-Fi network, it detects when to use Wi-Fi Calling in places with limited or no cell coverage. …
Wi-Fi calls are billed based on the number you are calling or messaging. It’s the same no matter where you're connecting to Wi-Fi. For instance, making a call on your U.S. number to another U.S. number is free of charge, even if you are overseas. You can use Wi-Fi Calling in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as most international countries.
Sprint and T-Mobile had been providing Wi-Fi calling services for some time before AT&T got aboard, a situation AT&T blamed on its rivals’ willingness to ignore FCC regulations.
In February, our IDG Contributor Network carried an item headlined: “How enterprise networks can take advantage of Wi-Fi calling.” You can read that here.