EE's Wi-Fi calling service is now live across the UK, with the network letting a small selection of its subscribers make calls and send text messages through their home Wi-Fi network whenever the mobile connection isn't strong enough.
What's new and quite exciting is the way this is properly integrated with the phone's OS -- if you've got the right model. There's no app to download or separate allowances. Calls are made through the dialler, text messages sent the usual way -- and the person you're trying to call doesn't have to be an EE subscriber or in the same room or of the same blood type for it to work.
There are, however, some fairly large caveats during this initial launch window. The system is available now for users of the Lumia 640, with owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge able to access the Wi-Fi features from Friday 10th April. So that headline should be EE Launches Wi-Fi Calling to Combat Thick Wall and Hilly Surroundings Syndrome For A Tiny Percentage of its Customers, Really. Sorry.
But the network says more models should be added to its WiFi Calling range over the next few weeks, with more than five million subscribers hopefully able to use their home data connections to place calls by the summer. [EE]