Reliance Jio launches VoWiFi service across India
The Indian telecom sector is in a tight spot right now, as two of the three major telecoms stare at an uncertain future. The show must go on, however. Airtel recently announced that it is rolling out VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi) service in the country, starting from a select few regions. Now, Jio is joining in the party by announcing its rollout of VoWiFi calling service throughout the country.
Airtel launched its VoWiFi service in the second week of December 2019, with Delhi/NCR. The service then expanded to Mumbai and Kolkata, as well as the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh later that month. While Reliance Jio could not be the first to roll out VoWiFi in India, it might become the first to roll it out across India. While the announcement has been made for a pan-India rollout, this will occur in a phased manner over the next week.
The new Jio VoWiFi service, aka voice calling through WiFi or WiFi calling, aims to enhance indoor voice calling experience for smartphone users by allowing users to seamlessly switch from LTE to WiFi-based calling when they’re inside their homes or offices. Users will incur no extra charge for voice calls made with VoWiFi, but they do need to have an active Jio tariff plan. In addition to the ability to make a phone call without being connected to a mobile network, Jio is also rolling out ViWiFi (Video over WiFi), allowing users to make video calls too.
Reliance Jio VoWiFi is available on over 150 handset models from Apple, Google, Motorola, Samsung, Vivo, Xiaomi, and others. More are expected to be added to this list over time. You can check if your phone is eligible for VoWiFi by locating it on Jio’s compatibility page. Curiously, OnePlus smartphones are missing from the compatibility list at this point.