Cell C‘s CEO Jose Dos Santos announced on Wednesday (13 May 2015) that Cell C WiFi calling will be launched by July/August 2015.
This is a first for the South African mobile market, with US provider, T-Mobile having rolled out WiFi calling in 2014. WhatsApp WiFi calling has also been slowly rolling out to iPhones and Android phones.
But, with Cell C WiFi calling you will be able to make phone calls while connected to a WiFi network by using your phone dialler. This means that no third-party apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype or Google Hangouts, are required, you make the WiFi call straight from your phone’s dialler. This also means that the person receiving the call won’t need to have a third-party app installed on their devices to be able to receive the call. With third-party apps you pay for the data consumed during the call alone, but with Cell C WiFI calling you will still be paying standard rates.
So what’s the point you ask? Cell C WiFi calling would come in handy when you don’t have cellular reception or when you are roaming. This means that you will still be able to make calls even when you are in a location with no reception, as long as you connect to a WiFi network and have your Cell C SIM inserted into your device. Also, when you are travelling abroad you will no longer need to rely on expensive roaming plans and you will be charged standard Cell C rates, while using your own number. Most of the latest iOS, Android and Windows Phones are already compatible for WiFi calling.