Last month, Vodafone announced that it plans to launch its 4G VoLTE services in India by January. Keeping its promise, the network provider has started rolling out the service, beginning with Gujarat. In the first phase of the rollout, Vodafone will be covering Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Kolkata, of which Gujarat has already started to receive the service.
While Vodafone hasn’t officially announced the launch of 4G VoLTE service, it was first spotted by MobiGyaan. We have reached out to Vodafone for confirmation, and will update the copy when we have an official statement. Meanwhile, VoLTE stands for Voice over Long-Term Evolution and is used for transmitting voice data over the 4G/LTE network, rather than using 2G/ 3G connections. With the launch of VoLTE, Vodafone will become the third major operator after Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel to offer voice over LTE support. With VoLTE support, Vodafone SuperNet 4G subscribers will be able to experience HD quality voice calls, and faster call connect time.
Vodafone’s 4G VoLTE will be available at no additional cost to its subscribers and customers will only need a device supporting VoLTE and 4G-enabled SIM.
The Vodafone VoLTE will be available on compatible devices with Vodafone 4G SIM. Customers can easily upgrade their SIM to 4G from their nearest Vodafone service centers, by providing a photo ID proof and a passport size photo.
Voice over LTE connection was one of the biggest features of Reliance Jio’s 4G service when it launched in September 2016. After a year later, Airtel also launched its 4G VoLTE support with the service going live in Mumbai in September. Since then it has expanded the service to Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Chennai.