On Wednesday, Jio launched its most awaited feature, Jio Wi-Fi calling service. As well all know, Wi-Fi calling brings voice and video calls over a Wi-Fi network.
Over the past few months, Jio tested the service, and now it has announced the nationwide debut of its Wi-Fi calling service. Jio Wi-Fi calling service is available for voice and video calls as well. However, the service will be rolling out in a phased manner until January 16.
The Mumbai-based telco, Jio, reported that over 150 handset models support the Jio Wi-Fi calling service. This is not like the Wi-Fi calling service provided by Airtel. Airtel limited its service to some significant models. It offers Wi-Fi calling to the phones of companies such as OnePlus, Apple, Xiaomi, and Samsung.
Users with an active Jio tariff plan can use the Wi-Fi calling service. They can make voice calls using a Wi-Fi network, even if they are not connected to a mobile network. Apart from making voice calls over a Wi-Fi network, Jio users can also make video calls using this new service.
The availability of the service is also at no additional cost. It means users need not pay an additional amount to avail its benefits on their devices.
The Wi-Fi calling service is much more useful for a cellular-dark zone of a building or the remote areas where cellular networks are not available. Jio says that voice and video calls can be switched over between VoLTE and Wi-Fi networks. This means that users will not face any delay while switching their to a Wi-Fi network to support ongoing calls.
Users need to enable the Wi-Fi calling or voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) on their devices to avail of the new service. Also, Jio claims to offer the service across over 150 handset models. But it is not available for all mobile phones. You can further check the compatibility of your device by visiting the website dedicated to Jio Wi-Fi calling.
Jio’s rival Airtel, added this feature in the last month itself. And recently, its Airtel Wi-Fi calling service expanded to all the other broadband providers.
Jio is trying to take on Airtel by declaring the rollout over pan-India. Given the increasing number of network issues in major cities all over the country, Wi-Fi calling is a relief to some extent. However, users need to connect to a Wi-Fi network to get the benefits of the new development.