Verizon officially rolls out Wi-Fi calling to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

As it promised it would do earlier this week, Verizon has started rolling out an update to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge that adds support for Wi-Fi calling to both smartphones.

Verizon's name for Wi-Fi calling is Advanced Calling. The new feature will allow owners of those phones to call any U.S. number for free, with international calls billed at long distance rates. Here's the change log:

  • Make calls over Wi-Fi - It's easy. Start by going to Settings > Advanced Calling > Activate Advanced Calling. Once Advanced Calling is active, you can turn on HD Voice and Wi-Fi Calling from the same settings menu. Go to Settings > Advanced Calling > Activate Wi-Fi Calling
  • Live Video Broadcasting - The Galaxy S6 helps you share life's can't-miss moments as they happen. Take live video and broadcast it to the world via YouTube™, letting viewers see it in real time. Share important moments in real time Seamless HD capture and sharing Integrated with Camera and Contacts Watch and broadcast via YouTube (mobile/web/TV)
  • Ultra-High-Quality Audio - UHQA (Hi-Fi Audio) - Your favorite tunes have never sounded better on a Samsung smartphone. This breakthrough audio technology takes select music files and enhances the richness and detail. Improved sound quality for any file type. Audiophile level sound quality Every note from your playlists and punch lines from your favorite videos are brought to life with crisp audio
  • App/Folder Icon - Icon shape for folders and native apps have been updated.
  • Messages - The Samsung Messages app lets you preview your messages on the status bar and lock screen. This feature is active by default, but it's easy to turn off if you want to keep your incoming messages private.

A number of other, but still unidentified, smartphones will gain Advanced Calling features on Verizon's network in the near future.

Source: Verizon: (Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

John Callaham