Airtel VoLTE is Now Live Across 20 Telecom Circles in India

Bharti Airtel has rolled out its VoLTE or Voice over LTE service across 20 telecom circles in India. Except for Himachal Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir, Airtel VoLTE is now live in all other circles. It’s unknown when Airtel will roll out VoLTE services in the left out circles, but it’s expected to happen in the coming weeks. On the whole, Airtel now has its VoLTE service spread across 20 circles and is on the verge of becoming a pan-India VoLTE operator. Idea Cellular also has its VoLTE service spread across 20 circles, and now Airtel joins the league.

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Airtel On the Verge of Becoming Pan-India VoLTE Operator

At the moment, Reliance Jio is the only pan-India VoLTE telecom service provider in the country because the Mukesh Ambani-owned telco operates voice calls only on VoLTE. Notably, Jio is the alone LTE-only operator in India. Airtel is next to Jio because it offers 4G services in all the 22 telecom circles, but when the 4G network is not available, the network will fall back to 3G and 2G.

Airtel Beats Vodafone in the VoLTE Rollout

Until this rollout, Airtel was lagging behind Vodafone with the VoLTE service availability in just 12 circles. Vodafone has its VoLTE service spread across 13 circles, but now, Airtel has surpassed Vodafone by making VoLTE service available in 20 circles.

All Popular Smartphones Now Support Airtel VoLTE

When Airtel rolled out VoLTE services in select circles, the Airtel VoLTE compatibility device list was very small. Over the course of the last 11 months, the list just got bigger with brands such as Sony, Huawei, Honor, Nokia, Tecno, Infinix and others adding Airtel VoLTE support to their smartphones.

Japanese smartphone brand, Sony recently added Airtel VoLTE support to its flagship smartphone Sony Xperia XZ2. Even the entry-level smartphones from Tecno, Infinix, Spice and Lava are now coming with Airtel VoLTE support out of the box, which is a very good thing to see. Earlier, smartphones used to come with just Jio VoLTE support out of the box, which has changed over the course of time.

Popular smartphones such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5, OnePlus 6 and so on support Airtel VoLTE.

Still No Airtel VoLTE Support for Pixel and Motorola Devices

Yes, you read that right. Search giant, Google is yet to add Airtel VoLTE support to its Pixel and Pixel 2 devices. On the flip side, not even a single Motorola device has support for Airtel VoLTE, which is underwhelming. Hopefully, the support will be added by both the companies in the next few days.

About Airtel VoLTE

Airtel rolled out its VoLTE services back in September 2017 with a promise of pan-India rollout by March 2018. However, that didn’t happen as the company took six months more to make the service available in 20 circles. Aforesaid, Airtel VoLTE pan-India rollout is expected to happen in the next few weeks. Over the course of last 11 months, Airtel has rolled out VoLTE services in a phased manner. Airtel even started an Airtel VoLTE Beta program, under which it took feedback from the consumers and in return, it offered 30GB of free data for testing the service for eight weeks.

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saket kewate
August 21, 2018 8:09 am 8:09 AM

One of worst part of AIRTEL VOLTE. most affecting prepaid. I am in strong to moderate 4G VOLTE network

Once calls/sms/data session ends, then USSD pop up comes, because 4G network doesnt support USSD. for few seconds Network flactuate to 2G then again goes back to 4G VOLTE.

airtel doesnt give any option to disable This USSD pop up. and subscriber unnecessarily loosing battery charge. , which inturn less back-up for a day .

DUANE
August 20, 2018 10:39 pm 10:39 PM

AIRTEL needs to discontinue 3G and assure it’s customers of 4G VOLTE everywhere. Then only will customers trust it’s VOLTE service. Currently VOLTE is patchy and falls back to 3G where ever 3G is stronger at that location. This doesn’t happen on JIO 4G.

Karthik
August 20, 2018 5:23 pm 5:23 PM

Any one using Airtel volte in Karnataka (Prepaid) . Customer care guys says VOLTE got enable only to postpaid users.

Ashish
August 22, 2018 10:28 am 10:28 AM

Yeah thats not true my friend is using volte on her iphone 6

SANJAY KV
August 21, 2018 9:16 am 9:16 AM

That’s not true , I am using airtel volte on prepaid plan and I have honor 6x

Amit
September 7, 2018 2:35 pm 2:35 PM

I’m Airtel engineer in Karnataka circle. And let me ensure you, yeah technically VoLTE is enable in everywhere for about 200+ handset except google pixil and motorola devices but practically Voice over LTE is not working in airtel Karnataka.

karthik
September 10, 2018 11:11 am 11:11 AM
We need AIRTEL to be very transparent in service. Customer care people told that Airtel VoLTE is working in Karnataka but your handset is not working . then i argued that my handset compatible , they told that you are in roaming. Then they told VoLTE wont work in prepaid. How many lies to hide Airtel Fault. In past 12 years where i used AIRTEL , CustomerCare guys never accept the problem in their Network . They blame only customers Now i need to post in a forum to get the actual reality. For this worst service ,why we need… Read more »
karthik
August 22, 2018 11:34 am 11:34 AM

Anyone in Mysore uses AIRTEL VOLTE.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
August 22, 2018 10:03 pm 10:03 PM

Mysuru doesn’t have Airtel VoLTE.

KARTHIK
August 23, 2018 10:52 am 10:52 AM

This is what Airtel is. What ever they say/promise everything will be in words. Like other networks they have to provide the geographic locations where they are having any service. Completely earning profits with their false advertisements

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