AT&T gives select Android phones this handy feature

The LG G4 is the first model to learn the new trick

AT&T on Wednesday announced it has started offering Wi-Fi Calling capability to Android phones. Starting immediately with the LG G4, the feature will roll out to other Android handsets in short order.

Wi-Fi Calling, which has been available for the iPhone for some time, lets customers make and receive calls and text messages over Wi-Fi connections. This is a handy option gives users excellent reception in places that might not otherwise work so well for the carrier.

To use Wi-Fi Calling, you’ll need:

  • A compatible device
  • A postpaid wireless account set-up for HD Voice
  • A Wi-Fi internet connection

A software update will roll out as other phones pick up the Wi-Fi Calling option. Once ready, the handset will notify the user that it’s ready to install. Wi-Fi calls are billed based on the phone number and customers who travel to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can make free calls to other US phone numbers.

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