Earlier this month, Bharti Airtel started rolling out its VoWiFi or voice over Wi-Fi calling service in Delhi NCR. For the uninitiated, VoWiFi allows users to make voice calls over a Wi-Fi network and is designed to dramatically improve the indoor calling experience. The feature was only limited to the capital region, that’s until now. The telecom operator has now announced that the feature is being rolled out in other parts of India now.
The newest feature is now available to the residents of Mumbai, Kolkata, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. However, to use the service, users will have to have a compatible handset. According to the company, iPhone models starting 6s and above, Xiaomi Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro and POCO F1, Samsung J6, A10s, On6, S10, S10+, S10e, M20 and all OnePlus 7 and 6 series devices are compatible with the feature. Moreover, VoWiFi service is only available to broadband users and interested users will need an Airtel Xtreme Fiber connection. Apart from that, the user also needs to have an Airtel 4G SIM for the feature to work. If you meet all the requisites, Airtel assures higher call connection time and superior quality with Wi-Fi calling.
To enable the service, Apple users have to go to Settings > Mobile Data > Wi-Fi Calling and turn it on. For OnePlus smartphones, head to Settings > Mobile Network > SIM ½ > Wi-Fi Calling. Samsung users will need to turn the Wi-Fi calling Quick Settings toggle. Xiaomi users can find the option under Settings > SIM Cards > Mobile Networks > Airtel > Make Calls Using Wi-Fi. As of now, these are the only brands offering Wi-Fi calling in the country. We can expect more brands to include the option once the service becomes a mainstay.
The latest VoWiFi is an attempt by the telecom operator to prevent VoIP calling used by WhatsApp and other OTT platforms from eating into its revenue.