Vodafone New Zealand has announced plans to begin rolling out Wi-Fi Calling to a selection of smartphones in September, enabling subscribers to make and receive calls and texts using the Wi-Fi signal. To use the service, Vodafone customers need a voice-calling enabled mobile plan, an eligible phone with Wi-Fi Calling turned on and a good quality Wi-Fi connection.
Sharina Nisha, Head of Network Services, commented: ‘We’re always looking for user-friendly technology solutions to help keep our customers connected. While we invest hundreds of millions of dollars every year to upgrade our mobile network, due to New Zealand’s topography, demographics and digital infrastructure there are places where the Wi-Fi signal might be stronger than the mobile signal, such as in buildings with thick walls, or in more remote parts of the country. This is where Wi-Fi Calling can help.’