Russian cellco VimpelCom (Beeline) has launched Voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) services in pilot mode for its customers in the city of Moscow and the Moscow region. The service, also known as Wi-Fi Calling, is currently available on various Samsung smartphones including the flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra handset range, with the company’s announcement on its website promising that ‘the line-up of smartphones with technology support will constantly expand’. Calls via Wi-Fi are charged as regular voice calls and are included in tariff minute packages.
Company Director for Moscow, Dmitry Mashin, declared: ‘The launch of VoWiFi technology is a continuation of the systematic development of the network in the Moscow region. Now Beeline customers will not miss an important call, even in those places where the mobile signal is unstable – in basements, underground parking lots or on the top floors of tall buildings.’