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Vodafone UK Launch WiFi Calling for Smartphones – No App Required

Friday, September 11th, 2015 (10:40 am) by Mark Jackson (Score 5,230)
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Mobile operator Vodafone has today become the latest provider to follow EE (here) by introducing a seamless WiFi calling service, which doesn’t require customers to find and install a fiddly app in order to use. But you do require a Smartphone that can support the feature.

Apparently the solution, which in simple terms harnesses a local WiFi network (e.g. your home network or a public hotspot) instead of the usual 3G or 4G mobile signal in order to make a voice call, is available to any Pay monthly customer on a Vodafone Red Bundle with a compatible handset (you can also call anyone on any network); there is no additional charge to use the service.

Cindy Rose, Vodafone UK Consumer Director, said:

Our WiFi calling service allows customers to talk to loved ones, friends and colleagues for longer and in many more places. It is easy to use and doesn’t cost a penny more.

It works wherever a customer is connected to WiFi, in a café, at home or the office, and automatically connects just like a normal call when a mobile signal is weak or non-existent. Vodafone WiFi Calling is a great match for Vodafone Broadband, our new superfast home broadband offering. Its special beam-forming technology ensures that a strong signal follows your phone wherever you take it around your home.

Vodafone WiFi Calling is one of a series of future voice services we are launching for our customers over the next few months.”

The service will be rolling out nationwide over the next few weeks, but take note that calling non-geographical numbers (e.g. those starting with 08), International numbers and calls while roaming are not included with WiFi Calling.

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13 Responses
  1. rage

    “But you do require a Smartphone that can support the feature.”

    Where is the list?

    • Vodafone did provide a link, but it hadn’t been updated with any details. Still, if it’s anything like EE then.. iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone6, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Microsoft Lumia 640 will be on the list.

    • Matthew Williams

      The iPhone’s probably won’t work with it till release of iOS 9 doubt Apple will be willing send new carrier updates days before iOS 9 launch date will just be easier to do then.

  2. chris

    gosh that will save mobile companies a fortune! hope they pass on the savings. #vodaphone #VoIP #digitalbritain

    • Darren Reid

      In a competitive market they would pass on the savings, they would have no choice but to pass on minimal cost savings or they would lose business. However with the EE merger taking one big player out of the market already and Three about to swallow 02, theres only going to be 3 big players left.

    • Matthew Williams

      You would think so but I very much doubt the worst provider lately has been Three there prices have risen a massive amount last 3 years.

    • Ignition

      I hope they use the savings to improve coverage and network performance. Prices are fine.

  3. dave

    i think android 5.1 and ios 8 are needed for Voice-over-4G.

  4. Wi Fi calling is fantastic, my house has these think walls and it’s pretty essential to get good call quality

  5. AndrewH

    Good to see VOD getting in on this. I’ve had EE WiFi calling from launch and it’s amazing.
    Live in a farmhouse with 4 foot thick walls. Weak signal outside but nothing inside.
    Now my iPhone 6 shows “EE WiFiCall” everywhere around the house.
    The amazing thing is I only have 1.7Mbps ADSL2 and it works even if I’m swamping the data connection (downloading for example).

  6. Tim

    About time, vodafone’s coverage is rubbish.

    I’m back on O2 and have actually disabled 2G now as the 3G and 4G coverage is very good there is no need for 2G. This stop my phone getting stuck on 2G and not being able to use data.

  7. Monika

    Does anyone know how to set up wi-fi calling on Iphone 5s?
    I’ve checked Settings>Phone
    Wi-fi is connected
    Anything else I should do to make it work?

    Thanks.

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