Country's major telecom operators, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, recently launched their respective free Wi-Fi calling services, which will enable their customers to switch to voice over Wi-Fi inside their homes/offices.
The service, known as Voice Over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) service, has become active for both Airtel and Jio subscribers. Moreover, both the telcos have made the service available all across India and can be accessed over any Broadband connection, anywhere. This is a recent development as Airtel earlier provided Wi-Fi calling exclusively on Airtel’s Xstream Fiber broadband service, however, Airtel last week, expanded the service to any home or public Wi-Fi network to take on its rival Jio.
The services provided by both the telecom operators is somewhat similar. Both are offering the service free of cost for domestic calls and to avail the calling features, customers do not need any additional calling app or SIM.
The biggest difference between the Airtel's WiFi calling feature and Jio's WiFi calling feature, however, lies in the amount of supported devices. Airtel announced that its Wi-Fi calling feature will be functional on over 100 smartphones which support HD Calling feature, while Jio is offering the service in more than 150 handsets.
List of phones compatible with the Wi-Fi calling facility:
Reliance Jio is offering free voice and video calling for all Jio customers. Smartphones from brands such as Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo and others enabled with HD voice feature will be compatible for an interrupted free Wi-Fi calling experience.
Some of the top handsets whihc are compatible with Jio's Wi-Fi calling facility include Apple iPhone 6S and Apple smartphones that got launched after iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy J6, Samsung Galaxy M30s, Samsung Galaxy A10s, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T and more.
Click here to see full list of the smartphones that are compatible with the facility.
All Apple phones including iPhone 6S and above, Samsung S10, S10 , S10e, M20, One Plus 6 and 6T, Xiaomi Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro and POCO F1, Samsung J6, Samsung A10s, Samsung On6, Samsung M30s, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro to list a few.
To view the complete list and check whether your handset is compatible with Airtel Wi-Fi calling, please click here.
How to enable Wi-Fi Calling service on your phone:
After verifying the fact that your phone is compatible to the service, here are the steps to configure it in your smartphone:
-Upgrade device operating software to the latest version that supports Wi-Fi Calling
-Go to Settings on your mobile phone
-Switch On Wi-Fi Calling
-Keep VoLTE switched on as well for a seamless experience
To enjoy this new service without any interruptions on any of the networks, you should be upgraded to the latest device software update of your Android or iOS smartphones and have access to a high-speed and stable Wi-Fi internet connection.