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Vodafone launches Wi-Fi calling to catch up with EE

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Vodafone is launching a Wi-Fi Calling service for all of its UK customers meaning you'll soon be able to make and receive phone calls even when your home signal is poor.

If you're on a pay monthly Vodafone Red Bundle, and have a compatible handset, you'll get to use the service for free.

EE rolled out a similar service in the UK earlier this year and Vodafone seems to be playing catch up here with a service that works without the use of a separate app – it'll just work when you're on Wi-Fi.

No need for apps

That means you can be on the London Underground or in a basement, and as long as you have Wi-Fi signal and you'll still be able to pick up the phone.

A release date is just said to be in "the coming weeks" and it'll gradually roll out over a selection of different handsets. We've asked what handsets are coming first and when but so far there's been no word from Vodafone.

This does mean O2 and Three are both playing catch up in this field - both networks have seperate apps for calling on Wi-Fi but don't support a service that works without them - and it'll be interesting to see which can do it first.

James Peckham
James Peckham

James is Managing Editor for Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.