Vodafone UK to launch WiFi Calling and VoLTE this summer


Rollout of technologies part of operator’s £1 billion investment in its UK network and services this year 

Vodafone will launch WiFi Calling and Voice over 4G (VoLTE) in the UK this summer.

The first of these services uses an existing WiFi service to automatically provide customers with a voice signal without the need to go through an app.

Vodafone said this is particularly suited to customers living in areas where network coverage is limited or difficult to get an indoor signal.

Voice over 4G (VoLTE) will allow voice calls to be carried across the operator’s 4G data network, instead of using the 2G or 3G voice network as they do today.

It said it has been testing both technologies for several months and now intends to start VoLTE user trials ahead of its commercial launch.

Further information on the service and compatible handsets will be published in due course.

Vodafone UK chief executive Jeroen Heoncamp (pictured) said: “Our WiFi Calling service will ensure that our customers never miss a call. It is another important step towards our commitment to build the UK’s strongest converged network.”

The rollout of both technologies are part of Vodafone’s £1 billion investment in its UK network and services this year. It follows the nationwide provision of HD Voice, the rollout of 4G+ and the Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal programme, aimed at providing remote communities with 3G coverage for the first time.

EE will launch its own WiFi Calling service on the Lumia 640 and Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones next month, with new devices, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, following within the month.