AT&T has announced that they are starting to roll out calling and texting capabilities on wifi networks for Android devices. The covered areas include the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a handful of international countries. Although these capabilities will apparently coming to several Android devices, the first one that the company is supporting is the LG G4. This Android smartphone joins the line of iPhones on AT&T which also enjoy wifi calling and texting.
Calling and texting from wifi won’t require you to do much more than buy a wifi-call-ready device and flip on the functionality. Once activated, your smartphone will automatically use wifi connectivity whenever it is available. You will of course be able to keep your previous mobile number. Although you will be using your home internet to make these calls (or the one down at Starbucks), all standard rates still apply. Don’t expect to dial up a bunch of international friends from your wifi network without incurring long distance billing from AT&T. Likewise, calling numbers like 411 or premium numbers will still incur fees. It probably goes without saying at this point that text messages sent over wifi also count toward your plan.
The checklist to get yourself wifi-calling? Grab a compatible device from AT&T, be on a postpaid account that is set up for HD Voice, and be within range of a familiar wifi network. Bingo. This isn’t really much of a game-changer, but it is a nice little feature to have if you’re in an area where network coverage is spotty. What do you think of the carrier bringing wifi calling and texting to the LG G4 (and presumably other Android devices in the future)? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!