Bharti Airtel on Monday announced to begin its Voice ‘Over Wi-Fi’ (VoWi-Fi) calling service in Mumbai, Kolkata, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. The Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) service was launched for the first time in Delhi-NCR region earlier this month.
Airtel Wi-Fi calling service enables people to make outgoing calls through a Wi-Fi network to any mobile numbers and landline numbers with no cost calling across operators. This Wi-Fi Calling service is available free for Airtel users. Telecom operator says that 5 minute of Wi-Fi calling costs less than 5 MB of data. The users can use this free calling service to make local and STD calls, but it does not allow international calling.
This Airtel technology supports only six handsets with a restriction of compatibility with Xstream Fiber broadband service only. However telecom operator plans to extend this service of Wi-Fi Calling to more broadband service.
Currently, the smartphones supporting ‘Airtel Wi-Fi Calling’are- all iPhone models starting 6s and above, Xiaomi Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro & POCO F1, Samsung J6, A10s, On6, S10, S10+, S10e, M20 and all OnePlus 7 and 6 series devices, said the press release of telecom operator.
Recently, Bharti Airtel has added 12 million of customers to its network in October and November. The good network and such loyalty programme of free calling are the major factors responsible for leap in subscription. As the telecom operator Airtel has announced to exploring options to provide free calling service to more broadband service, its rivalry in the market Reliance Jio has also reportedly begun testing its VoWi-Fi service. However Reliance Jio has not announced anything regarding free Wi-Fi calling service yet.