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Airtel Wi-Fi Calling Service Now Available on Pan-India Basis, Works With Any Broadband Service

Airtel has also expanded the list of compatible smartphones for its Wi-Fi calling service with support available for models from 16 brands.

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Airtel Wi-Fi Calling Service Now Available on Pan-India Basis, Works With Any Broadband Service

Airtel has expanded its Wi-Fi calling service to all broadband providers

Highlights
  • Airtel has highlighted the changes on its website
  • The Wi-Fi calling service has been expanded to new cities
  • Airtel initially launched the service in Delhi NCR

Airtel Wi-Fi calling service has been expanded across India, after being launched in the Delhi NCR region. The Airtel Wi-Fi calling service lets subscribers attend to voice calls over Wi-Fi, and was initially limited to Airtel Xstream Fiber home broadband -- it is now also accessible through any Wi-Fi network. The telco has also announced that the Wi-Fi calling service has surpassed the mark of one million users and widened its support to over 100 smartphones. Airtel rival and one of the popular telecom operators in India, Reliance Jio, also launched its Wi-Fi calling service on Wednesday to help its subscribers connect to a Wi-Fi to make voice as well as video calls.

The Wi-Fi calling service by Airtel is now available in on a pan-India basis and is available for access in states such as Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, UP (East), and UP (West). This is in addition to Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Tamil Nadu. Moreover, the service was initially launched in Delhi NCR.

The other major change that has come into place for the Airtel Wi-Fi calling service is its availability for all Wi-Fi networks, as first reported by FoneArena. Airtel has confirmed on its site that the service is no longer limited to its native broadband service. This means that you'll be able to leverage the service and make voice calls at a cellular-dark zone of a building or in a remote area where cellular networks aren't available directly using any Wi-Fi network or a broadband service other than Airtel Xstream Fiber broadband.

Airtel at the time of officially launching its Wi-Fi calling service last month did mention that it is working with other companies to add support for all broadband services and hotspots. However, it was up until now limited for customers using Airtel Xstream Fiber home broadband. This isn't notably the case with the Jio Wi-Fi calling service that debuted earlier this week with support for all broadband services.

You don't need to activate a specific tariff or install an app to use the Airtel Wi-Fi calling service on your smartphone. The service, however, is limited to select models. Nevertheless, Airtel has expanded the list of compatible phones to widen the reach of its offering.

Airtel through a fresh press release has additionally revealed that the Wi-Fi calling service has over one million users. The operator has also widened its compatibility and mentioned that over 100 smartphone models across 16 brands are now compatible with the service.

You can check the compatibility of your smartphone by taking a look at the list provided below.

Updated list of phones supporting Airtel Wi-Fi calling:

  • Apple: iPhone XR, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro
  • Asus: Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (X00TD), Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 (ZB630KL)
  • Coolpad: Coolpad Cool 3, Coolpad Cool 5, Coolpad Note 5, Coolpad Mega 5C, Coolpad Note 5 Lite
  • Gionee: Gionee F205 Pro, Gionee F103 Pro
  • Infinix: Infinix Hot 8, Infinix S5 Lite , Infinix S5, Infinix Note 4, Infinix Smart 2, Infinix Note 5, Infinix S4, Infinix Smart 3, Infinix Hot 7
  • Itel: Itel A46
  • Micromax: Micromax Infinity N12, Micromax N11, Micromax B5
  • Mobiistar: Mobiistar C1, Mobiistar C1 Lite, Mobiistar C1 Shine, Mobiistar C2, Mobiistar E1 Selfie, Mobiistar X1 Notch
  • OnePlus: OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7T Pro
  • Panasonic: Panasonic P100, Panasonic Eluguray 700, Panasonic P95, Panasonic P85 NXT
  • Samsung: Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy M20, Samsung Galaxy J6, Samsung Galaxy On 6, Samsung Galaxy M30s, Samsung Galaxy A10s, Samsung Galaxy A50s, Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Spice: Spice F311, Spice M5353
  • Tecno: Phantom 9, Spark Go Plus, Spark Go, Spark Air, Spark 4, Spark 4, Camon Ace 2, Camon Ace 2X, Camon12 Air, Spark Power
  • Vivo: Vivo V15 Pro, Vivo Y17
  • Xiaomi: Poco F1, Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi 7A, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Y3, Redmi 7
  • Xolo: Xolo ZX

Jio countered Airtel by announcing that its Wi-Fi calling service is supported by over 150 handset models. Having said that, Airtel emerged as the first telco to bring Wi-Fi calling support in India.

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Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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