MUMBAI, INDIA: After Reliance Jio, Airtel also announced the launch of its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in Mumbai today to offer customers HD quality voice calls along with faster call set up time. There will be no additional data charges for VoLTE and calls will be billed as per existing plan or packs benefits.
The company plans to roll out VoLTE across the country over the next few months.
Airtel VoLTE will be available on any 4G/LTE enabled mobile devices with an Airtel 4G SIM. Airtel has tested and certified popular device models for VoLTE compatibility such as iPhone SE, 6, 6plus, 6S , 6S plus, 7, 7plus; Samsung J700, A800, J2 Pro, J2 2016; Xiaomi MiMax Prime, Redmi Note 4, Mimax, Mi5; Gionee A1, Oppo F3 plus, etc. More models will keep getting added to this list.
In the case of non-availability of 4G, Airtel VoLTE calls will automatically fall back on 3G/2G network. Airtel VoLTE will also allow customers to continue with their data sessions at 4G speeds while the call is in progress.
Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks, Bharti Airtel said, “Over the next few months, we will rapidly accelerate the deployment of VoLTE to cover all key geographies to bring HD quality calling to our customers. We keenly look forward to our device partners enabling Airtel VoLTE on their smartphones.”
Airtel has also deployed 4G Advanced Carrier Aggregation technology in Mumbai that enables data speeds of up to 135 Mbps by combining spectrum capacities in 2300 Mhz (TD LTE) and 1800 Mhz (FD LTE).
How to get Airtel VoLTE:
-Check mobile device compatibility at airtel.in/volte.
-Upgrade the mobile device’s operating software to the latest version that supports VoLTE. Then Enable VoLTE by following instructions on airtel.in/volte
-Customers with Dual-SIM handsets have to ensure that the Airtel 4G SIM has been inserted in the data SIM slot/slot 1 and network mode has been set as “4G/3G/2G (Auto)”.