Verizon to launch Wi-Fi Calling next week for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Starting next Tuesday, which is December 8th, certain Verizon customers will be able to make/take phone calls and initiate video calls over a Wi-Fi network. These new capabilities will be limited at first to Big Red customers with the Advanced Calling feature enabled on either the Samsung Galaxy S6, or the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.

Wi-Fi Calling will be sent out in phases via OTA updates to the two Samsung handsets. Early next year, Verizon will start sending out software updates to other Android handsets and Apple iPhone models, so that these devices can also use Wi-Fi Calling for voice and video calls. All calls made to U.S. phone numbers using Wi-Fi calling, including video calls, are free to Verizon customers. Subscribers making overseas calls are billed at the international long-distance rate.

To get Verizon's Wi-Fi Calling on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, you first need to download the most recent software update. Go to settings and enable Advanced Calling. As soon as that is taken care of, you can activate the Wi-Fi Calling feature. Once the service is turned on, here is an example of how it works. Let's say you are in the middle of an important call on your Galaxy S6 while walking around the city. Unknowingly, you've found a little seam in Verizon's coverage where there is no signal. Without Wi-Fi Calling, your important call would drop. But with this feature enabled, your call is seamlessly transferred to an available Hotspot, and your conversation continues without skipping a beat.

Unfortunately, we have no idea which phones are expected to receive Wi-Fi Calling after the two aforementioned Samsung models. Considering that Verizon expects to send out updates to additional phones starting early in 2016, we hope to get a list soon from the carrier revealing which models will be involved. 

source: Verizon

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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21 Comments

1. combatmedic870

Posts: 983; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Playing catch up.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 834; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

At least their network was decent enough not to NEED this feature to supplement their lack of coverage. I'd take working on their network connectivity as a priority over WiFi calling. So better late then never.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That depends where you live. If it weren't for my network extender, I wouldn't be able to use Verizon's network at my residence. Which is curious since prior to 2010 I didn't need it, and at that point I only needed it for inside my house. For the last year I haven't been able to make calls outside until I get about 5 miles from my house. If anything, it seems their network has gotten worse not better, at least in my case. But I've heard of others on the forums saying the same thing.

17. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I wonder if it's your model of phone and not the network? Or maybe even your phone case? That seems very odd.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's not just me, everyone near me is seeing the same thing. I even tried a few different phones in different areas. My old Droid Incredible, Maxx, and Turbo, and my Nexus 6p. The Motorola's and the Nexus have better signal dBm than the Incredible, which was able to be used without network extender. I tried the Incredible for the first time again and with no network extender in the same area I got -110dBm recently, where the same device in the same location got around -85dBm back in 2010. This is a rural area, there are no new buildings that would be causing interference of the signal, in fact I have line of sight to the tower. I talked with Verizon network engineers about it but they said there wasn't anything they could do about it. I've spent around 10 hours on the phone with varying levels of Verizon employees, and the one thing they seem to be in agreement about, there's nothing they can do other than let me out of my contract. Which shows how on the ball they are, I haven't been in contract for 2 years now.

15. sun0066

Posts: 263; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

it is not just good here in us but when you roam , any part of the world with wifi should work as you carrier , at least t mobile does

7. Elfmonster unregistered

Verizon is only now offering this in limited fashion? Oh you poor Verizon customers.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Poor why? I've never once needed it. I get a good signal everywhere I go. Oh, you poor users who have a network with no coverage who need this. (Now, if you want to pity us for the price we pay and the horrendous customer service we get, which is almost comcastian in scope, then that would be reasonable)

2. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Wat? Verizon coverage need WIFI Calling?

5. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1233; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Not coverage, but small battery in S6 needs WiFi calling than VoLTE..

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

More like data caps than battery issue. Besides, it's battery better than almost all the other flagships released this year.

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Wonder what you mean, but the S6 got bad battery life. Xperia Z5 lasts way longer.

13. TyrionLannister unregistered

Z5 at 90 nits:http://cdn.gsmarena.com/imgroot/reviews/15/sony-xperia-z5/battery/-728x314/gsmarena_002.jpg S6 at 200+ nits: http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3?idPhone=6849#show Other battery tests show the same. Do you have any objective test proving that Z5 lasts way longer? Oh, and there's PA's test too: http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Sony-Xperia-Z5-Review_id4128/page/4 I have got objective proof to back up my point. You do not.

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO. Finally.,

9. romeoc1984

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

T-Mobile has been setting trends. It's OK for the competition to follow...

18. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

T-Mobile needed such a feature much more because their network is so extremely limited. As a Verizon customer I have zero need for this feature and was going to ask why it was even needed. I already can get incoming calls for free and make outgoing calls in the US for free. Verizon's signal is probably stronger in many parts of my house than my wi-fi signal. I could see this might be useful if you have a weak signal at work due to building constraints, or maybe at a vacation house that has Internet, but other than that it seems pretty useless.

10. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I had to get Google voice on my Verizon G4 because even with a network extender my calls would drop or voices would be distorted. I got tired of waiting for Verizons wifi calling and I don't suppose they will offer it to their prepaid customers anyways, so I will just keep my google voice account.

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

This seems more like another promotion for Sammy's flagship.

14. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Hopefully it won't be to long before wifi calling is available on older devices like the LG G3 & Galaxy S5. Almost everyone in the building I work has trouble making & receiving calls on Verizon. Even texting is a bit of a challenge.

20. kevv2288

Posts: 275; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Verizon is probably launching this because VoLTE and video calling use data and i don't think it counts towards your data cap. So verizon wants you to use wifi instead of their network data.

21. cock.maloney

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

I still have not gotten this update for the Verizon Samsung S6, no options whatsoever in the Settings screen. I checked for software updates, and there are none. My Advanced Calling is enabled for my account - I can do HD Calling and HD Video, but no options for Wifi Calling. Anyone else have this issue?

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