Rogers Cell Phone WIFI Calling Long Distance Charges
When I first heard about the new phone WIFI offering from Rogers I activated it on my cell phone, after reading their Q & A section, and made long distance calls assuming there would be no long distance charges like when using "Whats App". to my surprise I was charged long distance on my next bill.
So my question is "WHAT IS WIFI CALLING USED FOR??". I COULD HAVE DEACTIVATED THIS FEATURE AND MADE THE CALLS ON THE ROGERS NETWORK. THIS NEW OFFERING IS VERY MISLEADING!
WiFi calling is not VOIP.
I don't see anything misleading about WiFi calling, here is the Rogers FAQ:
Basically WiFi calling is used in area with poor cell reception, it uses minutes from your normal monthly plan just like if you made the call using a cell tower. There is no mention of long distance being included/free when using WiFi calling.
If you wanna make calls while traveling then you would need to have a long distance plan, or use a VOIP client like WhatsApp, Skype, etc.
It is working as advertised. I am using it extensively - at home where the cellular reception is poor. I also use this when I am traveling out of the country. It works great - you can answer phone calls to your number without roaming charge. The only caveat is to make sure your phone is displaying "Rogers Wi-Fi" when you receive the call. The same applies for calls to anywhere within Canada (providing that you have the national calling feature).
I used the feature when I was abroad in places like Kenya, Tanzania, Austria, Cazch, and France so far this year with great savings. Usually I bought a local SIM card and use another phone as a Wifi Hotspot and connect my Rogers phone via Wifi to it. Works like a charm.
I made a mistake once and called when the wifi reception was poor (that was in Tanzania) and I was saddled with a $80 phone call (Rogers roaming charge is outrageous).
I know that the Telus implementation is different - my wife uses Telus and the wifi calling is disabled once you are outside of the country. I suppose you maybe able to defeat that by using a VPN connection but I haven't tried.