Koodo Launches VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling, But No iPhone Support Yet [u]
TELUS flanker brand Koodo Mobile has finally launched VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling for customers, as announced (update, forgot link) on their community forums:
So, here’s something cool: Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE is available for Koodo customers with the Android LG V30! We’re adding additional devices soon, so if you’re not an Android LG V30 user, hang tight!
There’s a caveat though, as right now the only device supported is the LG V30 Android smartphone. Koodo says “iOS and other Android devices will be available soon.”
With VoLTE, it allows customers to place voice calls over LTE networks instead of HSPA, resulting in quicker call connections and better voice quality, supporting HD Audio. Users are able to simultaneously use voice and data over LTE, instead of seeing voice calls routed over older networks.
Koodo says VoLTE is available nationally, “except for the province of Saskatchewan and some parts of Manitoba. We will be adding these locations in the near future.”
As for Wi-Fi Calling, it allows users to continue to send and receive voice calls and text messages, in areas of low or no cell coverage, but connected to a local Wi-Fi network. This feature is helpful for those in basements or areas where cell coverage normally is lacking.
We reported last fall Koodo had confirmed it was testing VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling, and last month a representative told iPhone in Canada the launch would be coming in April—and here it is, albeit in a limited capacity.
We’ll keep you up to date as to when VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling will be rolled out to iPhone users, but until then, looks like it’s the LG V30 that has all the fun.