Monday, January 13, 2020

What is WiFi Calling? Phones That Support VoWiFi?

Let's talk about the latest hype here in India, Airtel and Jio have recently launched a new service that is VoWiFi (Voice Over WiFi). You may have seen on your phones VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) which promises enhanced data speed and better audio quality during calls. Now you may have heard earlier a few weeks in December about Airtel rolling out VoWiFi (WiFi-Calling) when enabled on your device lets you make calls using WiFi connection if you are connected to any.

What is Wifi Calling (VoWiFi)?

To understand VoWiFi, first, let's see how VoLTE works. VoLTE uses data to make calls and not the GSM network like how it worked in 2G and 3G. Just to enhance this technology the data connectivity in WiFi-calling is now made with the WiFi network instead of a mobile network to which a user is connected. 

What are the Benefits of WiFi Calling?

The benefits of VoWiFi over VoLTE are many. You know that WiFi connection as compared to a mobile network is more robust and faster as it is powered by a strong wired broadband connection. This leads to lower call drops and calls can be clearer and crisp even if the 4G mobile signal is not good enough. 

Another benefit can be said though it is not much. While making calls on WiFi you save some data on your LTE network. However, calls on the LTE network do not consume much data but something is being saved which is good.

Another benefit that is not for the users but for the service providers like Jio and Airtel who are rolling out this service is that calling over WiFi will help reduce the traffic on their network.

Does My Phone Support WiFi-Calling (VoWiFi)?

Here is the list of devices that supports Wifi-Calling as of now and the list will grow with future software updates.

Airtel and Jio Wifi-Calling Price

This is good to know that this service is totally free and Jio and Airtel are not charging a single penny for this. As said earlier, Wifi-Calling helps mobile network providers in decongesting their network so ideally, they should not charge anything from their consumers which by the way they are already doing.

However, Jio allows its users to make wifi-calls while roaming, Airtel refrains itself from doing so as of now. Airtel says, “No, you cannot use Wi-Fi calling in a national roaming scenario. However, we are working on expanding the functionality for national roaming soon.”

Adding to this, all the STD calls are free with Wifi-calling, however, you have to pay the usual rates for ISD calls.

How To Enable Wifi Calling on iPhone?

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Phone
  3. Tap WiFi Calling
  4. Enable WiFi Calling

How To Enable Wifi Calling on Android?

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Connections
  3. Enable Wifi Calling
There is one thing to note that OnePlus phones are not supported by Jio Wifi Calling but are supported by Airtel. For the users who do not see the Wifi calling option on your phone need to update the phone software and if you still do not see that option, be patient, your phone will also be added in the coming future updates.

Who can avail Wifi-Calling facility?

Any prepaid or postpaid user of Jio or Airtel with a supported device can use this feature.

Phones that Supports Jio Wifi Calling

Apple: All iPhones that support iOS 13 are supported. This means iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max.

Coolpad: CoolPlay 6, Mega 5C, Mega 5

Google: Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (the name is missing in the Jio list but if 3 is supported we are sure 3XL is also supported. Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL

Infinix: Infinix Hot 7 Pro, Infinix Smart 3 Plus, Infinix Hot 6 Pro, Infinix S4

iTel S42

Lava: Lava Z61, Lava Z92, Lava Z60s, Lava Z81

Mobiistar: Mobiistar C1, Mobiistar C1 Shine, Mobiistar C2, Mobiistar Enjoy More X1 Selfie X1 Notch

Motorola: Moto G6

Tecno: Tecno Camon i4, Tecno Camon iSKY 3, Tecno Camon iTwin

Xiaomi: Poco F1, Xiaomi Redmi K20, Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro

Vivo: Vivo V11, Vivo V11 Pro, Vivo V15, Vivo V15 Pro, Vivo V9, Vivo V9 Pro, Vivo 1904, Vivo Y81, Vivo Y81i, Vivo Y91, Vivo Y91i, Vivo Y93, Vivo Y95, Vivo Y15, Vivo Y17, Vivo Y91, Vivo Z1 Pro

Samsung: Samsung has almost all phones that the company has released in the last two-three years. Also, some models seem to be repeated, depending on their code-name changes. Here is the full list of Samsung phones supporting Wi-Fi calling on the Jio network.

Galaxy J4 (2018), Samsung A10, Samsung A10S, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8+, Galaxy A80, Galaxy C9 Pro, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A5 (SM-A500G), Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7, Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy A8, Galaxy A9 (2018), Galaxy A9 Pro, Galaxy C7 Pro, Galaxy Core Prime 4G, Galaxy J1 (2016), Galaxy J2, Galaxy J2 (2018), Galaxy J2 Ace, Galaxy J2 Hybrid Tray, Galaxy J3, Galaxy J3 Pro, Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J5, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6+, Galaxy J7, Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J8, Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M40, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 4 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy J2 (2016), Galaxy J2 Pro, Galaxy J5, Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J7, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Nxt, Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy J7 On Nxt, Galaxy J7 Pro, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 5 Duos, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy On 5 Pro, Galaxy On 7 Pro, Galaxy On 8, Galaxy On 6, Galaxy On 7 Prime, Galaxy On 8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+.

Phones that Supports Airtel Wifi Calling

Apple: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max.

OnePlus: OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T.

Xiaomi: Poco F1, Xiaomi Redmi K20, Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi 7, Redmi 7A, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Y3.

Samsung: Samsung J6, Samsung On 6, Samsung M30s, Samsung A10s, Samsung M20, Samsung M20, Samsung S10e, Samsung S10, Samsung S10 Plus, Samsung A30s, Samsung M30, Samsung Note 10, Samsung Note 10 Plus, Samsung A50s, Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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