Telstra enables Wi-Fi calling for Samsung Galaxy S7 owners
A lack of mobile network won’t be a problem, as long as you have Wi-Fi.
Telstra’s just released the Android 7.0 (“Nougat”) update for Telstra customers with the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones.
With that upgrade comes compatibility for those handsets to access Wi-Fi calling features where the mobile network is otherwise not available or not of sufficient quality to make a call. It’s a feature that is already available to users of the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. Telstra rival Optus added Wi-Fi calling for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge customers back in January.
Telstra’s pitch for Wi-Fi calling is that it opens up the possibility of mobile services for customers in regional or remote rural areas where regular mobile signals aren’t already present.
There’s certainly some appeal in being able to bolster your mobile signal for calls where the network is weak. Calls made over Wi-Fi will use data, however, so you’d be best served matching your calling with a fixed line connection with a large data quota, or preferably unlimited data connectivity. While it will allow you to call actual mobile numbers, if you’re in a home Wi-Fi situation you could always use free IP-based calling services such as Skype or Facetime instead.