Optus customers are now able to make calls and send text messages over Wi-Fi. The Australian telco claims it is the first in the industry to offer the service via an app, WiFi Talk.
OPtus said, in a statement, that it allows Optus customers to text or call any mobile or landline in Australia or overseas. Calls and texts are charged to the customers mobile bill or deducted from their prepaid balance with the same inclusions and rates as their mobile plan.
Optus vice-president of customer experience and delivery, Amanda Hutton, said, “WiFi Talk is a solution to help customers stay connected if mobile coverage is limited indoors, whether at home, in the office, or in places like shopping centres.”
“Unlike traditional Wi-Fi calling applications, the app uses your existing Optus mobile number when people call or text you, and they don’t need the app or have to do anything differently,” she added.
Optus added that the app can be used with any broadband providers' Wi-Fi Internet connection, with a minimum recommended Wi-Fi connection speed of 100Kb per second.
WiFi Talk is available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. It is available to Optus prepaid and postpaid customers with iPhone and Android handsets with iOS version 6 and Android version 4.0 and above.