What Is VoLTE, VoWiFi? Explained: Technology is evolving day by day and a lot of efforts are made to enhance internet connectivity. There was a time when people were having an average speed in KBPS and nowadays most of them have connections that provide downloading speed in MBPS. From the era of 2G connectivity in India, we have come a long way as soon India will witness 5G connectivity too. Smartphone producing companies have already started creating smartphones that support the 5G network.
As of now, most of the people are using 4G network or the VoLTE network. You can also find people who use the WiFi calling or the VoWiFi technology in their daily life. Want to know what exactly that VoLTE or the VoWiFi symbol on the top of your smartphone screen means? Or you want to know how both these technologies work. Here we have tried to explain the exact meaning and working of both VoLTE and VoWiFi, have a look.
What is VoLTE
VoLTE basically stands for Voice over Long Term Evolution that means regular voice calls are based on 4G networking instead of the old school 2G or 3G networks. The VoLTE technology has helped people in establishing calls with better voice quality and HD voice calls which were not available in up to 3G networking.
4G network in India is mostly used for downloading, video streaming, and web browsing and in addition to that it helps in providing phone calls without network glitches and minimized dropped-call rates.
India and VoLTE
The 4G VoLTE revolution in India started with the launch of Jio SIM as the company provided free SIM cards to the subscribers with more than 6 months of free internet. Jio outclassed all the telecom operators in India when it rolled out the 4G SIMs and most of the operators like Airtel, Vodafone and others had no option but to reduce the data charges to a great extent. It has been confirmed through various authentic stats that Indian people enjoy the cheapest data and calling services in the world. This scenario came into existence only because of Jio, before that, Indians paid around Rs 249 for only 1GB data.
Since then, Jio has ruled the telecom Industry and after the launch of Jio phones, the company started making large profits and it still provides data and calling facility at the lowest market rates. Moreover, it has recently partnered with Google to produce high-quality 5G smartphones. The company leaves no chance to attract customers as it first introduced work from home plans with extra data in the pandemic and then it launched plans with an annual Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscription.
What is VoWiFi?
As the name of the technology suggests, VoWiFi basically means calling based on WiFi connections. The feature basically allows you to make regular phone calls over WiFi whenever you are in a low network zone or a network forbidden zone. The best part about WiFi calling is that you don’t need to worry about weak indoor coverage in your home as the feature allows you to make high quality and cost-effective calls. Moreover, the non-cellular devices can also make VoWiFi calls i.e., you can also make WiFi calls with a tablet connected to the WiFi network.
FAQs related to VoLTE and VoWiFi
VoLTE allows users to use the network for data consumption and regular voice calls at the same time. It can be said that VoLTE is an upgraded version of the basic 4G technology. A major drawback of the VoLTE technology is that the network will not be able to switch to basic 2G or 3G networks even when you travel to low network areas.
So, you need to turn off VoLTE when you are traveling to areas that have a low network to avoid drop calls. However, keeping it off can decrease the voice quality on a phone call.
WiFi calling has its set of disadvantages including uneven signal strength at stadiums, hotels, universities, and other public WiFi setups. A few devices don’t even support the WiFi calling technology and it also has restrictions on international calls.
VoWiFi or voice calling over WiFi can be enjoyed by the Indian customers at almost free rates and they don’t need to set up a new device or buy any specially designed SIM card for that. In India, only two telecom operators are providing the VoWiFi facility including Jio and Airtel.