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How to boost cell signals inside your home

Calls over Wi-Fi

You may have a Wi-Fi wireless network already set up in your home, and hopefully, you're already using it for home internet access on your smartphone and tablet. It's a smart way to save money on your cellular data plan and avoid overages.

Wi-Fi can also make calls and send texts using apps like Skype, Google Hangouts, Apple's iMessage and other third-party messaging apps like WhatsApp. So if you don't have a signal, not to worry.

Of course, that means your friends need to have those same apps as well. However, carriers and manufacturers are now exploring seamless Wi-Fi calling.

All four major carriers, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, for example, now have Wi-Fi calling on their phones. When this feature is enabled due to a poor signal, your phone will automatically switch over to a nearby open Wi-Fi network so you won't even notice.

You can also switch to a phone system like Republic Wireless that has Wi-Fi calling as a main feature. Republic Wireless offers incredibly low-cost plans because it mostly relies on Wi-Fi for calling and texting and only uses cellular when Wi-Fi isn't available. Again, the switch is seamless.

Calling over Wi-Fi means you need a Wi-Fi network. Click here to always find the closest free Wi-Fi.

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