Nokia smartphone users will now be able to make calls over a Wi-Fi network. HMD Global has started the rollout of Wi-Fi calling feature to a range of Nokia smartphones, supported by Reliance Jio and Airtel. Wi-Fi calling is the latest advancement to how consumers make calls in the areas with spotty cellular reception, introduced in 2019 in the Delhi-NCR region. HMD Global has now joined the list of brands that are providing their customers with the Wi-Fi calling service.
The Wi-Fi calling service, also called VoWiFi, will be rolled out to the following Nokia smartphones on Jio network, as listed by HMD Global:
- Nokia 9 PureView
- Nokia 8 Sirocco
- Nokia 8.1
- Nokia 7.2
- Nokia 7.1
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Nokia 6.2
- Nokia 6.1 Plus
- Nokia 6.1
All of the aforementioned smartphones, except the Nokia 7.2, will support Wi-Fi calling on the Airtel network.
How to enable and use VoWiFi on your Nokia smartphone?
- Firstly, go to your phone’s settings
- Now, either search for Wi-Fi calling inside the settings or navigate to the option, located under the mobile network tab
- Enable Wi-Fi calling toggle. Also, ensure the VoLTE option is enabled as well
- Now, your phone will automatically switch to VoWiFi mode whenever it is connected to a Wi-Fi network
What is Wi-Fi calling or VoWiFi?
Wi-Fi calling or VoWiFi is a wireless communications technology that allows users to make and receive calls, send and receive SMS on their phone through a Wi-Fi network. The data packets are exchanged over the wireless broadband connection, which means its best use case is when the cellular signals are below par.
VoWiFi was introduced in India last year by Airtel in the Delhi-NCR circle, followed by its rollout in other circles. Reliance Jio followed Airtel’s move to launch Wi-Fi calling throughout the country in a matter of a few days. However, Vodafone Idea has surprisingly lagged behind by not launching the service for its customers.
Calls made via third-party Wi-Fi networks are also supported on both Airtel and Jio. For now, there are no charges for using the Wi-Fi calling facility.