Wi-Fi Calling

Image courtesy of Apple

Image courtesy of Apple

Wi-Fi Calling is a relatively new feature for iPhones which takes advantage of the WiFi network you are currently on to make phone calls when your cell service sucks. Previously you would have to use something like an AT&T MicroCell or a Verizon Network Extender but these devices are not obsolete and everyone can get the new Wi-Fi calling for FREE. It works way better than the old method which only worked at your own home and lets you make calls on any Wi-Fi network where your cell service is not good enough. Best of all: calls are crystal CLEAR.
Here's how to enable it: 

  1. Go to Settings -> Phone -> Wi-Fi Calling
  2. Turn it on and go through the prompts from your carrier to enable the service.

That's it! Now every time you have poor cell service you should see "Wi-Fi" next to your carrier name in your status bar of your iPhone. AT&T and other carriers will soon also enable support for your other iOS and Mac devices to make and receive phone calls with your iPhone's number even when the two aren't near each other.

If you're on Verizon, hang tight as this feature is not yet available but should be relatively soon.

Read more on Apple's support document about the feature: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203032

Joshua Wallace

JTec, Santa Cruz, CA

    Ever since my mother won a computer at a company raffle when I was 6, I’ve been hooked. Nothing excites me more than new technology and I’m always the first to dissect and figure it out. From building my own PCs from parts at the LA Computer Fair in Pomona to my first PowerBook when I was 15, I’ve always loved computers. 

     My first job tutoring was for community service during high school. I first assisted and then became a teacher at a beginners computer course for the elderly and those with English as a second language. There I taught the basics of computing (using a mouse, file systems, etc.) and went on to teach Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I’ve managed a law firm’s computer network and integrated Macs into a predominantly PC environment. I’ve also held weekly classes for a retirement community focusing on doing more with their Macs. They learned things such as how to import and edit photos with iPhoto from a digital camera, how to set up Email, and much more. It was extremely fulfilling and I loved passing on my knowledge. 

     Now I work on-call and travel to client’s homes or businesses to “fix” their computers while teaching them how to fix it themselves in the future. I also will routinely take computers home to repair hardware issues such as broken screens or trackpads. I genuinely want you to learn how to make the most out of your technology and I always aim to make you self-sufficient.