SMS and Calls without Cellular Network : Directly from the WiFi

Who has a home line and switched to Fiber Optics has discovered that the calls go through VoIP, and so could also be for calls and SMS via the Internet. It prepares a new model of communication that travels directly on the network, just like an app like Whatsapp.

The power of versatility for calls and SMS could fall in front of the new project of a platform that requires an active connection to the network to work. The concept of WiFi Calling consists precisely in replacing the 4G with the cellular network. A widespread approach among non-EU operators. Where are we in Italy?

WiFi Calling & SMS: the point of the Situation

While launching the WiFi Free project in Italy, fears are increasing that calls and SMS can leave the cellular network to work only in 4G mode on Android and iOS brand devices.

In Italy, this approach to integrated network communication has not yet been launched. You continue to text and call as you used to do. Abroad, however, there are  T-Mobile, Vodafone, Verizon and AT & T who have already decided to embrace the cause. We are behind in Europe, but Germany and the United Kingdom have begun to predict this level of use with the Swisscom, Orange and Salt Mobile operators.

Little changes compared to a classic voice call or an SMS sent from the mobile cellular network. Instead of using the latter, use public or private WiFi with a 3G / 4G data connection.

Many devices already on the market offer support for this kind of function and among these are mentioned:

  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy A5 2017, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy A3 2017, Samsung Galaxy S8 +, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9 + , Sony Xperia XZ, Sony Xperia X Compact.

With these devices in hand, it was really difficult to type a message. Many ended up giving up and calling the number normally. It was with the introduction of the T9 that things changed radically from 2012. Taking advantage of the order of the keys corresponding to the character it was possible to type much faster. In the street was full of people ticking on the keypad.

Not all operators guarantee a free service and it is possible that the managers apply extra costs compared to the chosen offer that already includes calls (even if unlimited). Among other things, there are limits to the geographical use of the service, often limited to one’s own country.

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