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No bars? Telstra brings Wi-Fi calling to iPhone, Galaxy S8

Telstra customers with a newer Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone 6 or later can now make calls over a Wi-Fi connection, even when reception is bad.

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Telstra is bringing Wi-Fi calling to the iPhone.

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Good news for bad reception -- Telstra has expanded Wi-Fi calling for Australia's most popular handsets, bringing the technology to iPhone and flagship Samsung Galaxy phones.

Rather than using a regular network connection, Wi-Fi calling lets you make voice calls over a Wi-Fi connection, either from a fixed line broadband connection or a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Think Skype, but instead of logging into a third-party app, you can dial a regular number straight from your phone.

Telstra launched the technology in late 2016, but device compatibility was limited. From today, iPhone users, as well as customers with the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, can access the technology.

There are plans to bring more devices on board, but the full list now covers the lion's share of flagship Apple and Samsung phones in Australia.

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