How to Make Cell Phone Calls Over a WiFi

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Making cell phone calls using Wi-Fi Internet access can be a cost-efficient alternative to utilizing a standard calling plan service. Cell phone calls placed over Wi-Fi can also be useful in times of emergency if calling plan service is unavailable. Wi-Fi calling on cell phones requires an Internet phone service provider and a compatible device.

Step 1

Obtain Wi-Fi calling service from an online provider such as Skype or Google Voice. Choose the Wi-Fi calling plan with the most appealing rates. You can choose a plan with a monthly minute allotment, or you may pay per minute.

Step 2

Download and install the Wi-Fi calling service provider's software to your device. Follow the Wi-Fi calling service's instructions on how to get the software onto your device. You may be able to use a download link from a text message, a web address or file transfer from another device.

Step 3

Open the Wi-Fi service provider's application on your cell phone. Enter the phone number you wish to call or select a preset contact. Doing so will make a Wi-Fi call that does not use your cell phone's calling plan minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Wi-Fi calling service provider

  • Wireless web or data cell phone service

  • Compatible cell phone

Tip

Check with your Wi-Fi calling service provider for a list of compatible devices before purchasing or committing to use their service.

Warning

While Wi-Fi calling does not use cell phone calling plan minutes, your applicable data or wireless Internet charges will apply. Wi-Fi calling is ideal for people with unlimited or inexpensive data plans.

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