Airtel to Match JIO with New VOLTE Service
Airtel has already rolled out 4G VOLTE services in many cities and is continuing to do the expansion. Recently, in March company has done the expansion in Kolkatta and West Bengal.
Update- 23 March 2018 – Airtel is offering 30 GB 4G data to Beta Testers, can read the details later in the article.
Firstly, Airtel launched the 4G Volte services in Mumbai on 11 September 2017, other cities will be launched soon, says the company. As per, a report by ET, the company will roll out the 4G VOLTE (Voice over LTE) features for its customers early for cities like Mumbai, Banglore, Goa, Kolkata initially.
And later on, will start rolling it out for Delhi, Chennai, Pune and other metros.
Airtel may complete the 4G Volte network roll out by the end of next financial year. Also, the company will share the Volte network rollout status with its customers by SMS. Moreover, they can then enable the service in case their mobile supports it.
The Key Advantage of VOLTE for the customers:
- Up to 3 times Faster Call Connectivity.
- There is a slight improvement in call clarity with HD Calls.
- You can use 4G Data along with Calls.
However, the major con is slightly more battery consumption than the 3G or 2G network.
Circles (States) Airtel 4G VOLTE is Available or is In Testing Stage:
- Maharashtra and Goa
- Madhya Pradesh
- Andhra Pradesh
- Punjab (Testing)
- Assam (Testing)
- Bihar. (Testing)
- Kerala (Testing).
Up to 30 GB Free VOLTE Beta Plan By Airtel
The most recent update is that the company is offering up to 30 GB Free data to the Beta Testers who will test the network and share the feedback about the experience.
Two things to note are that the company is not offering 30 GB but up to 30 GB data.
Secondly, it is not actually free you will need to send feedback to the company to enjoy the free data benefits. Not a big deal.
Below image shows how you can get the full 30 GB data from Airtel.
- Step 1 – Download the Latest OS and Enable VOLTE.
- Provide Feedback at the end of 4th Week.
- Provide Feedback at the end of 8th Week.
*The Beta Program is Available Only in these Circles: Odisha, Assam, Kerala, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. Also, not all the numbers are eligible for this program.
Here is the link where you can check the eligibility and enroll for the Airtel Volte Beta Program – Airtel Volte Beta Program Check Eligibility.
JIO Vs Airtel VOLTE
So far JIO was the only company to offer 4G VOLTE services, now Airtel has joined the bandwagon. On the other hand, Idea-Voda will also launch their VOLTE services in the coming months.
Majority of the new smartphones sold in the market now comes with the 4G LTE as well VOLTE support and most mobile brands are aware of the future use of VOLTE phones.
Reliance JIO is banking on the success of it’s 4G Volte feature phone and we may also see some similar device launch by Airtel in the coming Months.
Airtel also some days back was reported to be working on a new 4G Volte phone which can cost Rs. 2500. Many Indian companies like Intex, Lava, and Micromax are also eyeing the 4G Volte feature phone market as a growth driver for next year.
Idea 4G VOLTE Roll-Out
Idea Cellular MD Mr. Himanshu Kapania also said that company is testing the 4G Volte network and will also start rolling it out in a phased manner.
According to Counterpoint research, more than 200 million 4G Volte feature phones will sell in India in the next 5 years. And Airtel and JIO are looking to battle for largest share of the pie.