Published: March 30, 2020 5:02:24 pm
Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) or Wi-Fi calling is a buzzing word in the telecom market right now. The service enables voice calls over the Wi-Fi network and aims to provide proper calling service where cellular networks aren’t strong. Airtel and Jio have already launched with Wi-Fi calling service in the country while Vodafone is yet to introduce the service.
What is Wi-Fi calling?
As already mentioned, the Wi-Fi calling is aimed at areas where cellular networks are not very strong. The feature uses high-speed broadband connection to make and receive high definition (HD) voice calls. Since VoWiFi uses a stable Wi-Fi connection, call drops are rare.
How to use Wi-Fi calling
If you are using a Jio or Airtel SIM, you can connect to any broadband network and make unlimited calling without incurring extra charges. To make calls over Wi-Fi network, you will need to activate Wi-Fi calling feature on your smartphone and connect to your broadband network. And that’s it. Now you can use VoWiFi just like you normally make calls.
Airtel Wi-Fi calling available, Jio VoWiFi coming soon: What is Wi-Fi calling? How to use it?
Notably, the option to enable Wi-Fi calling in a smartphone is only limited to some specific models. You will need to check the Wi-Fi calling page of your service provider to see if your smartphone is compatible with their VoWiFi service. If your device is compatible, you can find it under Settings > Connection Settings > Wi-Fi calling in Android, and Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi calling in iOS devices.
BSNL vs Jio vs Airtel Wi-Fi calling
If you are an Airtel or Jio customer, you do not need to pay any amount for using Wi-Fi calling service. Also, you do not need to install additional apps to use the service. However, if you are a BSNL customer, you will need to install the BSNL Wings app to use BSNL’s Wi-Fi calling service. BSNL users will need to pay a one-time registration fee of Rs 1,099 to start their VoWiFi service.
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