AT&T wastes no time making WiFi-call support active, invites iPhone users to get started

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The past few days have been busy ones for AT&T’s efforts to offer its subscribers WiFi-call support, letting them route voice calls and text messages over local WiFi connections in places where the cellular connection just isn’t strong enough. After petitioning the FCC for a regulatory waiver, yesterday AT&T announced it had gotten the go-ahead from the agency. Like a starter pistol firing, that development has sent AT&T out on a sprint to get its new feature active and promoted, and today the carrier invites users of recent iPhone models to get started with WiFi calling for themselves.

In order to take advantage of AT&T’s WiFi-call support, you’re going to need an iPhone 6 or 6S (standard or Plus), running iOS 9. You also need to be on a standard postpaid AT&T service plan (sorry prepaid users – we’ve reached out to the carrier to find out if and when you guys can join the party) with HD Voice enabled on your account – it’s likely that’s already active, but you may need to take care of that if not.

Then it’s just a matter of making sure your iPhone has an active WiFi connection, jumping into phone settings, and enabling the WiFi-call toggle. You’ll have to agree to some service notices that pop up, but in just a few moments, you should be ready to start making and receiving WiFi calls.

There’s no word yet on when we can expect WiFi-call support to come to any of AT&T’s smartphones on other platforms.

Source: AT&T

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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