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.