Optus has recently launched native Voice over WiFi – or WiFi Calling. This means it will be easier to make and receive calls, SMS and MMS where there is limited mobile coverage but an accessible WiFi service, such as home or public WiFi.
WiFi Calling (VoWI-FI) differs from WiFi Talk, Optus’ app based solution that customers download to their device to make and receive calls and SMS over WiFi. WiFi Calling is supported by inbuilt device technology and is set-up on the device where VoLTE – Voice over LTE (4G) – is enabled. With a compatible handset, WiFi Calling easily allows calls to switch between WiFi and mobile networks for optimal user experience.
“When Wi-Fi Calling is switched on, the device automatically detects and seamlessly switches to an available Wi-Fi connection to use voice and messaging services,” Dennis Wong, acting Managing Director, Optus Networks said.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge support Optus VoLTE and are the first devices available to support WiFi Calling. Plans are underway to include more devices in the near future. WiFi Calling is available to Optus customers across Australia. It will operate wherever there is an accessible WiFi service, such as home or public WiFi.