India’s leading telco Bharti Airtel has announced the roll out of VoLTE services, two months after it started testing the technology in five circles. The services are live in Mumbai for now, and will be available on popular 4G/LTE handsets over an Airtel 4G SIM. Customers can call any mobile or landline network using Airtel’s VoLTE services. No additional data charges will be incurred, and VoLTE users will be billed as per their existing plan or pack.
Airtel announced that even in the case of non-availability of 4G networks, VoLTE calls will automatically switch to the 2G or 3G network, thus ensuring that the consumer is always connected. Airtel VoLTE will also allow customers to continue with their data sessions at 4G speeds while the call is in progress. At present, the service is compatible with the Apple iPhone SE, Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 6S, Apple iPhone 6S plus, Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung J700, Samsung A800, Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro, Samsung Galaxy J2 2016, Xiaomi Mi Max Prime, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Mi Max, Xiaomi Mi 5, Gionee A1, and the Oppo F3 plus.
Airtel has also deployed 4G Advanced Carrier Aggregation technology that enables data speeds of up to 135 Mbps. “This is a significant milestone in Airtel’s network transformation journey under Project Leap… Over the next few months, we will rapidly accelerate the deployment of VoLTE to cover all key geographies to bring HD quality calling to our customers,” Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks, Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.
How to get Airtel VoLTE
Airtel 4G customers in Mumbai are eligible for VoLTE services starting today. You can check your mobile device compatibility by visiting www.airtel.in/volte. Airtel has tested and certified the popular handsets for now, and will keep adding to the list as more VoLTE-enabled smartphones hit the market.
The next step is to upgrade your smartphone’s OS to the latest version that supports VoLTE. This update is provided by the handset manufacturer, and can be found in Settings -> Device Updates.
Next, you have to ensure that your working SIM is an Airtel 4G one. Airtel customers can upgrade to 4G SIMs for free at the nearest Airtel store. If you have a dual-SIM handset, you have to insert the Airtel 4G SIM in the data SIM slot 1, and set the network mode to “4G/3G/2G (Auto)”. Once done, Airtel 4G VoLTE services will be enabled on your handset. ALSO READ: BSNL to soon roll out 4G services with VoLTE support: Report