Bharti Airtel VoWiFi calling is technically similar to calling over WhatsApp, Telegram, FaceTime and Messenger services.
Bharti Airtel has been working hard on the technology front to offer a seamless experience for its customers at all conditions and this was proved when the company confirmed the rollout of its VoWiFi services for consumers. Bharti Airtel has now officially introduced its VoWi-Fi (Voice over Wi-Fi) service in Delhi NCR circle only and will be extending to other circles shortly. The company has also shared the list of smartphone brands that will support VoWi-Fi that includes Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and OnePlus.
While customers are already familiar with services such as Voice over LTE or VoLTE, thanks to the advent of Reliance Jio, VoWiFi is a rather fresh concept that signifies Voice over WiFi. The VoWiFi technology enables placing and receiving calls over a WiFi network even when signal strength is low or signal is not available, but the WiFi network works fine. The service is going to prove highly beneficial for users who work in offices and buildings where the WiFi network is readily available, but the signal strength is poor owing to electronic interruptions.
How To Enable Airtel VoWi-Fi
Airtel’s VoWiFi option is available in the call setting option on the smartphone. This feature is available under the name ‘WiFi Calling’. WiFi calling gets activated once this feature is turned on every time there is low cellular connectivity or no reception at all. Relatively like 4G VoLTE, VoWiFi calling gets activated whenever available and applicable.
VoWiFi calling is technically similar to calling over WhatsApp, Telegram, FaceTime and Messenger services. It works the same way too but this service is built-in and won’t require an additional app. The customers won’t have to pay any additional charges to make VoWiFi calls. This option is expected to help Airtel subscribers make calls when they are in an area with poor network connectivity but are still connected to WiFi.
Airtel VoWi-Fi Supported Devices
As of now, the service support has been enabled for 24 smartphones of the different leading manufacture in India.
- Apple’s devices running on iOS 13 (iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, SE, 8, 7 Plus, X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, and 11 Pro) are compatible for the VoWi-Fi.
- OnePlus’s smartphone includes OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T and 7T Pro is now supporting VoWi-Fi service.
- Xiaomi’s smartphone includes Poco F1, Redmi K20, and Redmi K20 is now supporting VoWi-Fi service.
- Samsung Galaxy series such as Galaxy J6, Galaxy On6, Galaxy M30s, and Galaxy A10s support Airtel Wi-Fi Calling.
What is VoWi-Fi
VoWi-Fi stands for Voice over Wi-Fi which uses IEEE 802.11 wireless LANs to carry VoIP traffic. It is a complimentary service that can be used with VoLTE. VoWi-Fi technology enables users to make outgoing calls even where there is poor cellular connectivity. It is designed to plug indoor network gaps as telecom operators find it increasingly challenging to get approvals for site approvals and Right of Way (RoW) in residential areas.
It may be mentioned here that telecom market leader Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is also working on this feature and is expected to roll out this technology to its subscribers soon. The option to place VoWiFi calls on the Jio network is in the testing phase, as several users have reported. The option to place VoWiFi calls on the Jio network is currently showing up on some devices.