In September 2017, Airtel launched VoLTE services in Mumbai, and the operator even promised to offer pan-India VoLTE services by the end of March 2018. And now, Airtel is testing the services in Bangalore and Hyderabad as some of the customers in both the cities have informed that they're receiving Airtel VoLTE on their supported smartphone.
In Bangalore, Airtel VoLTE services are already live in areas such as Vidyaranyapura, Whitefield, and Mathikere, whereas in Hyderabad, one of our reader from Gachibowli area reported that his network is not latching back to 3G when on a 4G call. We personally verified the service availability in Whitefield, Bangalore on an Apple iPhone 7, whereas in other two areas, the service was tested on a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
We've attached the screenshots of the same, and a video which is shared to us by a Hyderabad VoLTE user. He's using an Apple iPhone 7 Plus, which has support for Airtel VoLTE and as you can see, while on the call, the network is falling back to 3G or 2G network.
Having said that, Airtel is yet to officially announce the VoLTE service in both the cities, but we've earlier reported that the company is testing VoLTE in Hyderabad, and possibly, the trails are being held in Bangalore as well.
As of now, Airtel VoLTE is available in just limited to few phones such as Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Mi 5, and Xiaomi Mi Max. Recently, Airtel rolled out the support to the popular OnePlus 5 as well. Airtel is working hard with smartphone vendors to roll out the support very soon to every device, and by March 2017, there will be a bucket list of smartphones supporting Airtel VoLTE.
Recently, we've visited Airtel's office in Mumbai where we tested out the Airtel VoLTE for a little period. Like Reliance Jio's VoLTE, voice calls under Airtel VoLTE connect in a split second, and the data speeds on the VoLTE call are decent as well. Take a look at the video above to know more Airtel VoLTE and how it functions.