- VoWiFi allows users to make calls over Wi-Fi network
- It works without any cellular connectivity as well
- The feature is only available in select smartphones only
The next level in technological advancements when it comes to the calling and network technology is the fifth-generation network technology of course. However, before the rollout of 5G in India, we are getting to see the rollout of another technology from the telecom operators, and that is Voice over Wi-Fi. The Voice over Wi-Fi is a technology which can be of help to the users stuck in situations with poor or no cellular connectivity. In such situations, if the users have a Wi-Fi connection, then they would be able to make a call to anyone in their contact using the Voice over Wi-Fi technology. Currently, we have seen the rollout of the VoWiFi technology from a handful of telecom operators only. While the state-led telecom operator has rolled out the BSNL Wings service, the other private telcos, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have also rolled out the VoWiFi service in a limited manner. Last time we reported about Voice over Wi-Fi technology, it was for Bharti Airtel users. However, now we have come to know that Reliance Jio is also testing VoWiFi in new regions.
Reliance Jio VoWiFi Feature in Maharashtra
As per the Twitter user, @jayesh_mutha87 Reliance Jio VoWiFi feature seems to be available in the Nashik region in the Maharashtra circle. The user also shared screenshots of the Voice Over Wi-Fi feature which Reliance Jio is offering to the users. It is worth noting that the screenshots shared by the users are of iOS, on an Apple phone. This means that similar to the Bharti Airtel VoWiFi feature, the Reliance Jio VoWiFi is also available only on select phones. This means that the subscribers of Reliance Jio, who are on specific phones only will only be able to use VoWiFi.
To recall, in the case of Bharti Airtel VoWiFi service, the subscribers had to be connected to a specific Wi-Fi network to be able to access the VoWiFi service on their smartphones, it seems that in the case of Reliance Jio as well, the service will only be available for a select Wi-Fi network which in the case of this screenshot happens to be Reliance JioFiber network. Currently, as per the information available on the matter, Reliance Jio VoWiFi is available in the Nashik region in Maharashtra circle, and it is also on in the Delhi region as well. However, when we tried to access Reliance Jio VoWiFi in Hyderabad, we were unable to do so.
Bharti Airtel VoWiFi Rollout in Delhi
Talking about the Bharti Airtel VoWiFi service, the telecom operator has launched the service in Delhi, only a few days back and the subscribers had reported seeing the option of accessing VoWiFi on their phones. However, only some select devices were able to get the VoWiFi access option in the Delhi region for Airtel users. A total of 24 smartphone models from four manufacturers, Apple, Samsung, Redmi and OnePlus. Phones like iPhone X, iPhone 11, OnePlus 7, Redmi K20 are getting to see the Airtel VoWiFi feature.
To enable the VoWifi, the subscribers will have to go to the settings section of their phone, and then network settings. Over here, the subscribers will have to turn on VoLTE for their SIM after which they will have to connect to the right Wi-Fi network. Once they have done this, the users will be able to see the Voice over Wi-Fi option in their phones which they will be able to toggle on.
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