Vodafone Launches App-Free Wi-Fi Calling in the UK

By James O Malley on at

Vodafone has announced that it has launched wifi calling on its network for UK customers. This means that if you can't get signal on your phone but are in range of a wifi network, you can make and receive calls and texts over wifi - without needing to use any special app.

The launch follows similar moves by the likes of EE, O2 and Three, making Voda the last major network to enable it. To use the new service you'll need a sufficiently new phone (an iPhone 6 or a Galaxy S6, something like that), and then all you have to do is enable wifi calling in settings, and if the bandwidth is strong enough phone signal will be routed that way instead.

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The service will be rolling out over the next few weeks, and apparently it will be available only to pay monthly customers on its Vodafone Red tariff.

The company is also keen to point out that wifi calling is the latest in a number of new technologies that it has enabled on its network, including HD voice technology for higher quality voice calls and 4G+.

The news follows Vodafone last month opening up its broadband service to everyone and the company receiving the ire of rival network Three for its connectivity claims.