Vodafone announces WiFi calling for places without a phone signal

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Unable to get a signal to make a call? Then Vodafone promises a solution called WiFi Calling.

Whether you’re stuck in the basement, in a home with thick walls or on the London Underground, WiFi Calling means you can talk on the phone even if there is no mobile signal. Unlike some Internet-based voice services you also can call anyone on any network.

Vodafone WiFi Calling will be rolling out nationwide over the next few weeks on a number of smartphones. The service is available to any pay monthly customer on a Vodafone Red Bundle with a compatible handset. There is no additional charge to use the service.

Says Vodafone UK Consumer Director Cindy Rose: “Our WiFi calling service allows customers to talk to loved ones, friends and colleagues for longer and in many more places. It is easy to use and doesn’t cost a penny more. 

 “It works wherever a customer is connected to WiFi, in a café, at home or the office, and automatically connects just like a normal call when a mobile signal is weak or non-existent.”

 The introduction of WiFi Calling follows the rollout of Vodafone’s nationwide provision of HD (High Definition) Voice technology, the roll-out of 4G+ (Carrier Aggregation) and the Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal programme aimed at giving remote communities mobile coverage for the first time.

 In addition, Vodafone UK’s £2 billion investment programme during 2014 and 2015 is focussed on bringing stronger indoor and outdoor network coverage, and mobile internet access to more communities and businesses. Vodafone claims its 4G service is now available in 626 cities, towns and districts as well as thousands of smaller communities across the UK, giving more than 70 per cent 4G population coverage to date.

 More information on both services and compatible devices is available at www.vodafone.co.uk/network

Chris Price