India’s largest telecom operator, Airtel has expanded the 4G VoLTE footprint to more telecom circles. After launching in Mumbai telecom circle a few weeks back, the operator has launched the Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) for its subscribers in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Telecom circles.
Both Prepaid and Postpaid mobile subscribers of Airtel can enjoy VoLTE facility. You only need to have an Airtel 4G SIM and 4G VoLTE supported smartphone to avail the VoLTE service. The service has been offered to customers at no additional cost. You will be able to make high definition (HD) quality voice calls and video calls to both mobile and landline numbers across India. Charges for Airtel VoLTE calls will be the same as per your existing plan or pack benefits.
“We are delighted to announce the addition of VoLTE capabilities on our 4Gnetwork in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as it enables high definition voice qualities and faster call set up time,” commented Dharmender Khajuria, Chief Executive Officer, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Bharti Airtel.
Coming to Airtel VoLTE features, it will offer faster call connection. Which is almost three times faster than normal calls. You will be able to use 4G internet connection at the same time you are making a VoLTE base calls. The best part, in the case of non-availability of Airtel 4G network, VoLTE calls will be automatically fall back to Airtel’s 3G or 2G network. This will ensure your voice calls stay connected always at any network condition. That’s one of the biggest plus point of Airtel against Reliance Jio, who don’t have a fallback mechanism to 3G or 2G network and VoLTE calls usually gets disconnected.
How to activate Airtel VoLTE services
- You need to first verify your smartphone is compatible with Airtel VoLTE services. Currently, only a few smartphone models support Airtel VoLTE. But, mobile vendors are already pushing an update to activate the Airtel VoLTE on their devices.
- Ensure you have Airtel 4G SIM (you can upgrade to Airtel 4G SIM by visiting the nearest Airtel store). For dual SIM mobiles, the Airtel SIM should be inserted in the SIM slot with 4G data capability.
- Verify that the VoLTE voice calling feature has been enabled on your smartphone under your mobiles network settings.
- Once everything in place, you will see the Airtel VoLTE enabled on your device.
Currently, only a few smartphones support Airtel 4G VoLTE. This includes popular smartphones like Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, Samsung J7, Samsung J2, Samsung A8, Xiaomi Mi Max, Mi 5, Redmi Note 4, Gionee A1 and Oppo F3. More smartphones will soon support Airtel VoLTE, as many mobile vendors are rolling out an update for the same.