Over the last few months, Airtel and Jio were testing Wi-Fi calling for their subscribers. Now, Airtel is all set to launch Wi-Fi calling for its prepaid and postpaid subscribers across India as part of the general availability of the feature.
This feature will let Airtel users make use of the Wi-Fi network in their homes to make calls using VoIP, instead of relying on regular cellular connectivity. Now, there is little doubt that this is a good feature but then it will work only with Wi-Fi powered by Airtel Xstream Fiber and only on select smartphones..
“Airtel Wi-Fi Calling is designed to enhance voice calling experience for Airtel smartphone customers, especially when they are indoors. With Airtel Wi-Fi Calling, customers with Wi-Fi at home or office will get excellent signal quality indoors,” said an Airtel spokesperson. “There will be no extra charge for calls made over Airtel Wi-Fi Calling and the application consumes minimal data. The service is currently available to Airtel customers in Delhi NCR and will be gradually rolled out across India.”
So Airtel Wi-Fi calling consumers will have to first ensure that they have a compatible phone. As of now, Airtel supports the following phones:
— All the iPhone series which start from 6s. So, what this effectively means is that iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Plus will all be compatible.
— 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
What do you need to do:
Once the phone is found to be compatible, one needs to do this:
Go to Settings on your mobile phone and Switch On Wi-Fi Calling
— Keep VoLTE switched on as well for a seamless experience as if and when there will be issues with the Wi-Fi the phone will switch back to 4G connection.