The feature rolls out this week.
Verizon customers with Samsung phones will soon be able to make and receive video calls over a Wi-Fi connection, according to a press release. However, in order to enjoy the feature, your Samsung smartphone must support Advanced Calling, which offers “natural-sounding HD Voice and Video Calling.” Verizon says that it is as “clear as talking face-to-face, and as simple as making a traditional voice call.”
The feature will roll out to select Samsung devices on December 8, although only the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge will be able to support it. Verizon plans to bring the feature to more Android and iOS devices in the coming months, through software updates, which will be done in phases.
The option to use your office or home Wi-Fi connection to make or receive video calls is a boon to those who want to cut their data consumption and bills. Calls over Wi-Fi are free. But calls made to foreign numbers will be billed based on international long distance rates.
To activate Advanced Calling with Wi-Fi Calling on your Samsung device, just download and install the software update which rolls out on December 8. Once you have downloaded the update, remember to turn on “Advanced Calling” from “Settings.” Turning it on will activate Wi-Fi Calling.
Wi-Fi Calling has been around for more than a year, although only a handful of devices from other networks is using it. When a customer uses Advanced Calling on Verizon and, for some reason, loses coverage, the call will be transferred to another Wi-Fi hotspot. The announcement comes a few months after AT&T rolled out a similar feature to the newer iPhones. T-Mobile and Sprint already had the feature.
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