Thursday, 27 December 2018

Jio to launch SIM-Less Telephony Vo-Wifi

Photo Credit: TelecomTalk
Reliance Jio has been spotted testing its VoWi-Fi (voice-over-Wi-Fi) service in India. With the new service, the Mumbai-based telco will be able to allow its subscribers to make voice calls and access the Internet - all without
having active cellular connectivity. The Jio VoWi-Fi service is said to be in testing in a handful of Indian regions, including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana. Reliance Jio hasn't revealed any formal details around its VoWi-Fi service. However, it is speculated that the new development could emerge officially as early as January next year.

The VoWi-Fi service by Reliance Jio will initially be limited for Jio-to-Jio communications, reports TelecomTalk. However, it is believed that the service will be expanded to other networks soon after its initial launch.

Photo Credit: TelecomTalk
Folks at TelecomTalk have been able to source a screenshot from Gadarwara, Madhya Pradesh that apparently shows the existence of Jio's VoWi-Fi service. The screenshot that is claimed to be captured on an iPhone essentially shows "Jio WiFi" at the place where iOS generally shows the name of the operator. Apart from Madhya Pradesh, it is said that the service is currently under testing in other regions as well, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala.

All the major smartphones that were launched in the recent past have VoWi-Fi support, though it probably needs to be altered for a particular carrier through a software update.  Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2 are expected to support Jio's VoWi-Fi service in India. The service is essentially aimed to help people in remote locations where the traditional network is weak.

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