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Wi-fi isn’t only for browsing and streaming. Edward Munn reveals brilliant and quirky things you never knew you could do with your wireless connection
Make free phone calls
If you’re in a rural area with a poor phone signal, the quality of your connection may make it impossible to carry out a call. Thankfully, most phone networks now let you make Wi-fi phone calls and send text messages within your contract allowance.
EE’S Wi- Fi calling works automatically with most new smartphones (see the full list at bit.ly/ee431). For all other Android and IOS devices, you’ll need to own the EE version and have bought it directly from the network.
Three customers with the latest IOS devices (iphone 5C onwards) and Android devices (see list at bit.ly/ three431) bought directly from the network can also make Wi-fi calls and texts. If your phone isn’t on the list, you can download the Three intouch app ( bit.ly/threeit431) for IOS and Android to take advantage of free Wi- Fi calling. Just remember to set up the app when you have a phone signal, or you won’t be able to use it when you don’t.
O2’s Wi- Fi calling is only compatible with a limited number of devices (see the list at bit.ly/o2431); and Vodafone’s Wi-fi calling requires you to be on one of its Red or business tarrifs, as well as having a compatible device, which you can check at bit.ly/voda431.
Check your home for intruders
No matter how well you’ve secured the doors and windows of your property, leaving your home empty when you go away can be a worry. And it’s not just potential intruders that are a threat – you may be fretting over whether you can trust your teenage kids not to throw that party they absolutely promised wouldn’t be happening.
Home-security cameras use your Wi-fi to connect to the web so you can keep tabs on your home from anywhere using a phone app. Our favourite is the Y- Cam Evo (£ 129.99, bit.ly/ycam431), which has a 720p camera with an infrared LED for night-time viewing. Its 100-degree field of view should capture the whole room if you position it in a corner. The image quality may not be as good as some of its more expensive rivals, but the seven days of unlimited free video storage is unbeatable value.
Cast Spotify to your speakers
Did you know that you can stream music from the Spotify app on your smartphone to your speakers over Wi-fi? The easiest (and cheapest) way to do this is to simply plug another device that has Spotify installed and that you won’t need to move – your PC or tablet would be perfect – directly into your speakers. Next, make sure your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-fi network as the first device and, from your phone’s Spotify app, tap Devices Available from the Now Playing bar and select your PC or tablet from the list. Once that’s done, you can control your
The Y- Cam Evo stores up to seven days of footage in the cloud for free
Three In Touch lets you make Wi- Fi calls on many Android and IOS devices
Select Devices Available in Spotify to cast music to another device