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Poor phone signal for texts and phone calls in RPC? Here’s a solution that might work for you.

What exactly is Wi-Fi calling?

Instead of using your carrier's network connection, your phone can make a voice call via a Wi-Fi network. This is the same Wi-Fi connection you have set up at home, or whatever Wi-Fi hotspot you happen to be on when you're out and about, such as at a cafe or library. In most ways, it's like any other phone call, and you still use regular phone numbers.

Why would I want that?

Wi-Fi calling is especially useful when you're in an area with weak carrier coverage. For example, when you're traveling to the residential countryside, or you're in a building with spotty reception. You may already be familiar with using Wi-Fi to send messages when SMS texting is unavailable

Carrier-branded Wi-Fi calling is slightly different, however. It's baked directly into the phone's dialer, so you don't need to fire up an app or connect to a service to use it. You can set it as your default way of placing a call, or if you lose phone signal, it will automatically switch to Wi-Fi calling.

Does it cost more?

Except in uncommon cases like making a premium call, domestic Wi-Fi calls should be free but please check with your individual provider.

How do I enable it?

Typically this can be done by going to Settings > Phone > Enable wifi calling (on). 

Instructions from some major providers:

> Vodafone
> EE

Please note that this will not work for all providers, including O2.

You may find that only one bar appears, but even that is enough to make and send calls and texts.

Feedback on this would be useful so please email communications@phc.ox.ac.uk if this works for you, or if it doesn't make a difference.