Today AT&T started WIFI Calling. This is an interesting use of your Wi-Fi and also something to watch for in the office.
If your phone has limited or no service on the cell side, the call will be routed immediately to the Wi-Fi network you are on. I just tried this and it worked well, a little clipping on the line but smoother than the poor cell phone coverage feeling one often gets. I tested this on both an Aruba AP225 and a Ruckus unleashed, both received the call faster than if it were just a cell phone call. I am not sure why but was happy to see that on the 51st-floor location in New York City I know have options.
I think it will improve as it is deployed more, but we shall see.
Here is the AT&T info on the rollout and a quick guide on how to enable on the iPhone. Let me know if you have had any luck turning it on.
Here’s how to enable it on an iPhone
- GO TO SETTINGS > PHONE > WI-FI CALLING AND MAKE SURE THAT WI-FI CALLING IS ON.
- RESTART YOUR IPHONE.
- CONNECT TO A DIFFERENT WI-FI NETWORK. NOT ALL WI-FI NETWORKS WORK WITH WI-FI CALLING.
- TURN WI-FI CALLING OFF AND THEN ON AGAIN.
- GO TO SETTINGS > GENERAL > RESET AND TAP RESET NETWORK SETTINGS.