Mobile operator Three has finally begun allowing some of its customers to make calls and send texts using Wi-Fi without having to download an app.
Subscribers who were out of mobile signal range but who had access to Wi-Fi had previously been obliged to download a slightly creaky app called inTouch, but now owners of some supported iOS and Android handsets have been freed from these restrictions.
It means that Three customers are now able to make calls at the 250 or so stations on the London Underground which offer Wi-Fi access—an additional way to endear busy commuters to one another during rush hour.
To access Three’s service—dubbed “Embedded Wi-Fi”—customers on Apple iOS must be running version 10.2 or above, with the “Wi-Fi Calling” feature switched on. The Android operating system needs the latest software update installed, after which the new feature is apparently activated automatically.
Three said that a limited range of compatible devices can use the WiFi service at launch: the LG G5, Samsung S6, Samsung S6 edge, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7s. Samsung’s S7 and S7 edge will be compatible from mid-February, it said.
When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the “Three UK” network name in the phone’s status bar should read “Three WiFi Call.”
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