Telstra adds Wi-Fi calling for iPhone users

Alex Kidman 10 May 2017

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If your reception is sketchy but your broadband is fine, calls will still get through.

Telstra has announced that it’s extended its Wi-Fi calling facility to Apple iPhone users. This includes newer models such as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as older iPhone iterations, all the way back to the now gracefully ageing iPhone 6.

In order to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling, you’ll need to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS and accept a new carrier update from Telstra. From there, if your call is likely to drop out but you’ve enabled the feature and your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, it will seamlessly switch between networks to ensure that you remain in calling range.

Telstra already offered Wi-Fi calling for a range of Android handsets, including Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handsets as well as any Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge that has accepted the Android 7.0 (“Nougat”) update. Here’s the full list of phones that can utilise Telstra’s Wi-Fi calling feature:

Telstra Wi-Fi calling capable handsets
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6S
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8+

Telstra states that it will add this feature to additional handsets later in the year. Optus already offers Wi-Fi calling for users of selected Samsung handsets.

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