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Vodafone UK Eye Summer Launch for Wi-Fi Calling and 4G VoLTE

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 (2:49 pm) - Score 1,657

Mobile operator Vodafone has announced that the commercial launch of their new Wi-Fi Calling service and separate Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology, which allows their new 4G network to carry “crystal clear” voice calls, should both be deployed this coming summer.

At present most mobile operators still use the existing 2G and 3G platforms to carry voice calls, but VoLTE would extend this facility to 4G, which has so far only be used to carry Internet data (Mobile Broadband) traffic. The VoLTE solution was first tested by Vodafone last year (here).

Meanwhile the other new service, Wi-Fi Calling, will allow customers to harness an existing Wi-Fi network in order to create a “voice signal without the need to go through an app“. Apparently this solution will be “particularly suited to customers living in areas where network coverage is limited or where it is difficult to get an indoor signal“.

Jeroen Hoencamp, Vodafone UK CEO, said:

Our Wi-Fi Calling service will ensure that our customers never miss a call. It is another important step towards our commitment to build the UK’s strongest converged network.”

Last year Vodafone said that VoLTE could also help to deliver “high quality video calling” and “faster call set-up times“. Apparently it will do all of this without hurting 4G download speeds or sucking excessive battery life. Soon we’ll be able to test those statements.

But Vodafone aren’t the only game in town and EE has its own plans to deploy VoLTE using the 800MHz band and they’ll also launch WiFi calling this April (the Microsoft Lumia 640 and Samsung GS6 are the first devices to take advantage of EE’s WiFi Calling service).

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar dave says:

    about time! I wonder if we android users will need android 5.1 for this feature.

  2. Avatar Tim says:

    Maybe there is hope for Vodafone yet… I guess they needed to do something as they will be the smallest mobile network having to play catch up with BTEE and threeO2 on every other respect.

    1. In my view, their network is going down hill not improving – lousy 4G rollout and 2G and 3G coverage seemingly getting worse not better where I need it. I have been with Vodafone for more years than I care to remember, but will most likely be moving to EE when my three contracts with Vodafone are up for renewal this summer.

    2. Avatar gerarda says:

      @wirelesspacman

      I left Vodafone last summer after nearly 20 years for the same reason. The advisor I spoke to seemed resigned as if that was a common reason for people leaving.

  3. Avatar Mike C says:

    Not sure I could deal with Orange ever again, or BT for that matter either. I am unhappy that my area doesn’t support Vodafone 4G though

  4. Avatar Sam says:

    Im currently with Vodafone and have been for 7 years, ive tried the other networks and im not happy with any of them… Voda in my view are the best of a bad bunch.

    Their network is awesome but i get others wont agree and wont also have access to the 4G service that i do.

    Yes they will play catch up to the others which is a shame because they were on top of tech at one point.

    However Vodas Customer Service is getting more crap as everyday goes by, same for Three & EE… Three is a good network, EE is stupidly quick, but when it DOESNT Work is a problem for me…

  5. Avatar DTMark says:

    “Apparently it will do all of this without hurting 4G download speeds”

    I like the use of the word “apparently” 😉

    Voice doesn’t take much bandwidth. However Vodafone’s 4G service here has speeds ‘all over the place’ – 12Meg one moment, 2Meg the next.

    I’d have said the issue is “the other way around”. What happens when you’re in a call over 4G and the cell runs out of bandwidth?

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