Ukrainian mobile provider Lifecell has announced the ‘test mode’ launch of VoWiFi, enabling voice calls over Wi-Fi networks, initially available to owners of recent models of Samsung and Xiaomi smartphones. Calls are billed as normal under the user’s existing mobile tariff, and the list of supported smartphones will increase in due course, Lifecell’s press release added.
Company representative Oleksandr Melnychenko stated: ‘Modern VoWiFi technology allows you to make calls from places where Wi-Fi is available, but mobile communication is limited – for example, from shelters, basements and basement floors. The Wi-Fi access point works as the operator’s base station. This is a significant advantage during the war, because such an option allows subscribers to stay in touch with relatives and friends.’
The availability of VoWiFi follows Lifecell’s launch of VoLTE calling over its 4G network in February this year, TeleGeography notes.