Voice over LTE (or VoLTE) and Wi-Fi Calling are a couple of features that can really enhance your smartphone experience, but it’s often difficult to understand exactly what it is and why you should enable it. Here are four instances where VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling can really help you out.

When 4G coverage is good but 3G isn’t

Fun fact: without VoLTE switched on, when you make or receive a call, your phone has to switch over to 3G. This is because calls can’t natively be made on 4G networks. If you’re in an area where the 3G network is heavily congested compared to 4G, switching on VoLTE means you can make calls over the 4G network instead of the congested 3G one, giving you smoother, clearer calls.

When you have Wi-Fi but no cellular reception

Sometimes you’re in an office or home area that doesn’t have the strongest cellular network reception – maybe you’re underground, or behind quite a few walls. But if you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can actually still receive and make calls, as if you had reception. No more wandering around the building to find that corner with a bit of network connection – just turn on Wi-Fi Calling.

When you need to check a map or website whilst on a call

On the phone with someone and need to look something up quickly? Without VoLTE, you’ll be browsing the web on 3G networks whilst on a call. Turn on VoLTE, and you can surf on 4G and be on a call simultaneously. Get those directions or those event details loading faster with VoLTE.

When you make a lot of calls

Reminder: without VoLTE switched on, every time you make or receive a call, your phone has to jump over to the 3G network. This handover between 4G and 3G not only takes a bit of time (meaning it will take longer to connect your call), it also causes some extra battery drain. Leave VoLTE on, and now your phone can stay connected to the 4G network, even when you’re on the phone.

Interested in learning more about getting the most out of your mobile experience? Follow the links to find out how to turn on VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

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