Bharti Airtel will launch VoWifi (Voice over Wi-Fi) services soon to improve the indoor voice calling in India. To use this service users need a Wi-Fi connection. The apps such as WhatsApp, Hike, WeChat allow voice calls over Wi-Fi for free.
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There will be no additional charges for customers to use VoWifi (Voice over Wi-Fi) service. The service also does not need a separate app or any log-in or new number and customers will be able to use it on any Wi-Fi connection inside their homes.
The voice over WiFi feature will also help Airtel compete with OTT players like WhatsApp in the market.
VoWiFi technology enables users to make outgoing calls even where there is poor cellular connectivity. It is designed to plug indoor network gaps as telecom operators find it increasingly challenging to get approvals for site approvals and Right of Way (RoW) in residential areas.
Airtel sources have confirmed that it is testing VoWi-Fi calling in multiple locations and the service will be available soon.
Several handset vendors like Apple, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Samsung have pushed software updates to enable VoWiFi on their smartphones in India lately.
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.
How to use VoWi-Fi service
Users have to turn on VoWi-Fi from the call settings menu on their phones. This feature will be available under the name ‘Wi-Fi Calling’. After turned on, Wi-Fi calling will be activated when there is low cellular connectivity or no reception at all. Similar to 4G VoLTE, VoWi-Fi calling will be activated whenever available and applicable.
VoWi-Fi calling is similar to WhatsApp, FaceTime & Messenger call work. VoWi-Fi calling would work the same way too but this service will be built-in and doesn’t require an additional app.