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Press Release | 11 Sep 2015

NATIONWIDE WIFI CALLING TO LAUNCH ON VODAFONE UK

NATIONWIDE WIFI CALLING TO LAUNCH ON VODAFONE UK

Vodafone customers will be able to make and receive calls from even more places in the UK with the launch of WiFi Calling on Vodafone.

Vodafone customers will be able to make and receive calls from even more places in the UK with the launch of WiFi Calling on Vodafone.

WiFi Calling eliminates customers’ worries of not being able to make and take calls in many more places. It no longer matters whether you’re stuck in the basement, in a home with thick walls or on the London Underground. If you’re connected to WiFi you can talk on the phone even if there is no mobile signal.

There is no need to navigate through an App and, unlike some Internet-based voice services customers can call anyone on any network. Vodafone WiFi Calling will be rolling out nationwide over the next few weeks on a number of leading Smartphones. The service is available to any Pay monthly customer on a Vodafone Red Bundle with a compatible handset. There is no additional charge to use the service.

Vodafone UK Consumer Director Cindy Rose said: “Our WiFi calling service allows customers to talk to loved ones, friends and colleagues for longer and in many more places. It is easy to use and doesn’t cost a penny more.

“It works wherever a customer is connected to WiFi, in a café, at home or the office, and automatically connects just like a normal call when a mobile signal is weak or non-existent. Vodafone WiFi Calling is a great match for Vodafone Broadband, our new superfast home broadband offering. Its special beam-forming technology ensures that a strong signal follows your phone wherever you take it around your home.

“Vodafone WiFi Calling is one of a series of future voice services we are launching for our customers over the next few months.”

The introduction of WiFi Calling follows the rollout of Vodafone’s nationwide provision of HD (High Definition) Voice technology, the roll-out of 4G+ (Carrier Aggregation) and the Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal programme aimed at giving remote communities mobile coverage for the first time.

In addition, Vodafone UK’s £2 billion investment programme during 2014 and 2015 is focussed on bringing stronger indoor and outdoor network coverage, and mobile internet access to more communities and businesses. This has already seen 4G extended to 626 cities, towns and districts as well as thousands of smaller communities across the UK, giving more than 70 per cent 4G population coverage to date.

More information on both services and compatible devices is available at www.vodafone.co.uk/network

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 Calling Non-geographical numbers such as those starting with 08, International numbers and calls while roaming are not included with WiFi Calling.

 

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text message, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. We now have 5G in more places than anyone else, with multiple locations now live across the UK and the rest of Europe.

Today we serve more than 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%.  Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards – for the second year in a row. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Connectivity is at the heart of what we do as it gives us a huge opportunity for good. We are using our network, products, talents and technology to help society prosper and respond to significant social and environmental issues.  Our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families and schools across the UK to navigate the online world safely. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Foundation’s work with researchers at Imperial College is developing personalised cancer treatment using the processing power of smartphones.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest technology communications companies, with mobile operations in 26 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.  As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers – including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

For more information about Vodafone UK, please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk

 

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