VoWi-Fi or Voice Over Wi-Fi, also known as internet-based telephony will soon be available in India. The new feature will enable users to make outgoing calls even where there is poor cellular connectivity. Using the VoWi-Fi feature, you can connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot or any standard Wi-Fi network, at your home or office, and make outgoing calls to mobile numbers and landlines. Also Read - Airtel reportedly giving free 1GB high-speed data for 3 days to select users
What is VoWi-Fi technology all about?
The feature will come handy when you are in an area with patchy cellular connectivity, but there is a Wi-Fi network. For instance, when you are inside a cinema hall, or at the airport, you would often notice patchy cellular network. However, you may find a Wi-Fi network with good coverage, which you can use to make calls. Also Read - Vodafone eSIM now available for some Apple iPhones in India
Some of you might be wondering that apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and others work in a similar way so how VoWi-Fi is different? Well, to begin with, VoWi-Fi doesn’t need any third party app to be installed. Secondly, in case of WhatsApp or Telegram, the recipient has to be connected to the internet to receive calls. Lastly, with voice over Wi-Fi, you can dial outgoing calls right from your phone’s dialer app. Also Read - Jio Glass mixed-reality glasses announced by Reliance Jio
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Charges and release date
As the industry experts have highlighted, the service won’t probably incur any additional charges. VoWi-Fi will also decrease the need to relying on carriers for making a phone call. As of now, Vodafone is ready to rollout VoWi-Fi service in India, a technology that it already has deployed in other countries. The company will likely rollout the feature once the Vodafone-Idea merger is completed.
Other telcos like Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio are also gearing up to launch VoWi-Fi feature. While Jio is in advanced testing stages, Airtel is yet to initiate the testing. While there are benefits of the technology, there are some disadvantages too. For instance, not all carriers will support the tech right away. Also, users will need a VoLTE and VoWiFi enabled smartphone to take advantage of the technology.
We will be keeping a close tab on developments happening with the rollout of VoWi-Fi and keep our readers posted about the launch and how to use it. Till then, stay tuned.