Smartphone users who can’t get a mobile signal in some rooms – up to four million in the UK, apparently – can overcome the problem with a new WiFi Calling service launched by EE.
The service, which is available on certain smartphones including the Lumia 640 and Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, makes mobile calls and texts available wherever there is WiFi coverage in a building.
EE says that unlike some similar services, WiFi Calling from EE uses the phone’s normal dialler and contacts book to make calls, and the normal text button to send text messages. There is no need for an app and friends don’t need to use the same closed user group to talk to or message each other.
By summer 2015, EE hopes more than five million EE pay monthly consumer and small business customers will have access to WiFi Calling.