Customers using the latest Samsung handsets can soon enjoy the benefits of “WiFi Calling” after wireless operator Smart Communications partnered with tech giant Samsung in rolling out Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) services.
The new service will be initially available to selected subscribers by October after Samsung releases its latest firmware over-the-air update.
Soon, Smart customers can make VoWiFi calls using Samsung smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, Galaxy S9 and S9+, Note 8, and Note 9 via any WiFi connection.
VoWiFi or WiFi Calling lets customers make and receive calls and text messages over a WiFi connection using their smartphone’s native dialer, without having to install a third-party app.
Apart from improved calling and messaging experience, WiFi Calling also offers extended network coverage, as customers can make and receive voice calls, as well as video calls, wherever there is WiFi connection.
WiFi calling will also be available soon to other select Samsung devices.
Earlier this month, Smart and its technology partners Huawei Technologies and Samsung made the first successful VoWiFi call over a live network in Cebu, a first outside Metro Manila.
Last year, Smart also made the country’s first Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) mobile call, which uses LTE or 4G to conduct calls.
With VoLTE, customers with VoLTE-capable devices can stay on the 4G/LTE network when making and receiving calls, which makes call set-up time in LTE faster. Call set-up time is the amount of time it takes for the voice call to connect.
Because LTE is efficient in carrying data traffic, a voice call made over LTE is crystal clear quality, with almost no background noise.