India’s largest carrier, Airtel, has finally launched its VoLTE services. This comes almost after a year of the public launch of the newest and 4G only Jio.
Unlike Jio’s pan-India rollout, Airtel has rolled out its services only in the city of Mumbai and only for a limited number of devices. The number of devices supported is less worrisome than the fact that the new service only works in one city. For a carrier that claims to have largest network in the country, this not matter of pride.
Currently, Airtel VoLTE works on some phones from Apple, Samsung, Gionee, Xiaomi, and Oppo. For other phones to come onboard, small carrier updates are required, which hopefully will be rolled out in coming days. Thanks to Jio, people have already experienced the quality of VoLTE HD calls. The difference here is in case of Airtel there will be the 3G/2G network to fallback if 4G is unavailable, thereby keeping you connected. Airtel says it will cover more areas with VoLTE but there’s no timeline or mention of next geography that will get it.
Airtel VoLTE is currently compatible with iPhone SE / 6 /6plus/ 6S / 6S plus/7/7plus; Samsung J700 / A800/J2 Pro/J2 2016; Xiaomi MiMax Prime / Redmi Note 4 / Mimax / Mi5; Gionee A1, Oppo F3 plus.