Airtel has decided to start testing Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) calling in multiple locations across India 🇮🇳. It means the users will now be able to make calls using their Wi-Fi connection even cellular network is not available.
As per the report by ET Telecom, Airtel has already finished its beta trials of VoWi-Fi calling with its employees and select customers as well. In the report, it also has been stated that Airtel will officially roll out VoWiFi calling service in multiple locations and the service will be available soon.
However, it is not sure whether Airtel will make this service available all over India or it will be limited to select cities. According to the reports, the VoWi-Fi calling service is presently made available by Airtel for some selected flagship devices like Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. According to the report, Reliance Jio is also offering this VoWi-Fi service for the iPhone 11 Pro. So the users, who have any of these devices with an Airtel or Jio connection can try out the service.
Know the way to use VoWi-Fi service
First, you will need to go to the call settings menu and then turn on VoWi-Fi. This feature will be available under the name ‘Wi-Fi Calling’. You are ready for Wi-Fi calling, one it is turned on. VoWiFi technology enables users to make outgoing calls even where there is poor cellular connectivity. Just like 4G VoLTE, you will find VoWi-Fi calling activated whenever available and applicable. There is no need for an active Wi-Fi connection for this service to work. It is quite similar to WhatsApp, Messanger or FaceTime calling process. The one difference is it will be built-in and will need no additional app. There will be no additional charges either on making VoWi-Fi calls.
An Airtel spokesperson said when contacted that "the company has always brought in latest technologies ahead of the curve to ensure customer get the best possible network experience."
"This will give an advantage to the customers on these devices as they will now be able to enjoy seamless indoor connectivity to make and receive calls with higher quality audio," he added.