Wi-Fi Calling Service: A Method for Better Indoor Voice Calling Experience
Reliance Jio & Airtel, the two major telecom competitors in India, rolled out Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) calling service in India earlier this month. This service is available on multiple smartphones from several brands and HMD Global is the latest to enable the VoWiFi service on Nokia smartphones.
In December 2019, Airtel rolled out its Wi-Fi calling service, which was followed by Reliance Jio in January 2020. As a result, Airtel and Reliance Jio together are offering Wi-Fi calling service across all the 22 telecom circles and it works on any broadband service provider. While the list of supported handsets is very small, with HMD Global entering the market, it seems like the devices supporting Wi-Fi calling service will soon increase.
Airtel Wi-Fi calling service is available on seven Nokia devices that include Nokia 9 Pureview, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 plus and Nokia 6.1. Whereas, Jio Wi-Fi calling service is available on nine Nokia smartphones that include Nokia 9 Pureview, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 7.2, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.2, Nokia 6.1, and Nokia 6.1 Plus.
Nokia is working on some more smartphones for Wi-Fi calling service and in the coming few weeks, HMD Global will introduce this feature in Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 2.3, Nokia 2.1, Nokia 2.2, and so on.
Apart from Nokia, Airtel’s Wi-Fi calling service is available on more than 120 smartphones, whereas Reliance Jio says it has more than 200 compatible smartphones. VoWiFi or the Wi-Fi calling service enhances indoor calling experience as the calls are routed through the Wi-Fi network. These two telecom giants are also providing Wi-Fi calling service on any broadband network.
To enjoy this fast method of communication, you just need to keep VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling switched on. This way the device will automatically switch between Wi-Fi and cellular network. And, there are no additional charges or data consumption for making calls through Wi-Fi.