Many networks customise firmware of devices to make the device even better, (well supposedly). EE UK is no different as it has announced that the Microsoft Lumia 640 will support WiFi calling in the UK on their network. There will be no special software or app required to run this, but the feature will be locked to firmware of course, this means that devices bought outside EE may not make use of the feature even if they do use an EE sim card – unless they flash their firmware.
EE also notes that future Microsoft branded devices will come with the feature enabled, but no word on current devices.
The global roll-out of Lumia 640 is penciled in for next month.
Three new smartphones to launch with WiFi Calling
We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be the first network to launch Wifi calling in the UK when the Samsung Galaxy S6, the S6 Edge and the Lumia 640 become available on EE.
All these handsets are due for release in April.
Wifi calling for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is also in the works and we’ll confirm a release date as soon as details are finalised with Apple – the announcement should be next week. Once we’ve launched on those devices, we’ll activate 100,000 customers a day then move on to the 5S and 5C to ensure we’ve connected Apple users on compatible devices by summer.
With WiFi Calling you can seamlessly make and receive calls and texts over Wifi, even when there’s no mobile signal.
Wifi calling has been the subject of much discussion in the forum over the last six months and, following a delay to the planned launch of the service, we’re delighted to be bringing you this incredibly helpful new technology on these fantastic handsets.
You can read the full announcement here.
Any questions on WiFi calling, the Galaxy S6, the S6 Edge and the Lumia 640? Please ask below.
The new Samsung devices also include CAT6 modems so they will be able to access EE’s 4G+ network, offering download speeds of up to 150Mbps for the ultimate in connectivity and performance.
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini
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