Goodbye, roaming: operator of Porto Seguro, which uses the TIM network, offers unlimited calls over the Internet
Porto Seguro announced on Thursday (31) will launch the Wi-Fi Calling feature natively, without the need for applications to Android users. The news comes a week after the live release feature for iPhone owners . With the news, you can make and receive calls using an internet connection, even when you are no cell signal.
As in Vivo, one of the advantages of Wi-Fi Calling in Porto Seguro Connect is to prevent the collection of high national and international roaming charges. With the feature enabled, you make calls as if you were in your registration area – there is no charge for additional displacement. Also, if both parties are calling for Wi-Fi, audio quality tends to be better than traditional network.
Interestingly, Porto Seguro Connect is announcing the Wi-Fi Calling even before the TIM, which provides the network infrastructure of virtual the insurance carrier. The Internet phone calls will be led by an IMS network (IP Multimedia Subsystem) mounted by the Porto Seguro, which is already being prepared to enable VoLTE calls. To date, no Brazilian carrier supports phone calls over the 4G network.
There will be no additional cost to use the Wi-Fi Calling Porto Seguro connects, but the feature is only available to subscribers of the Connect + plans that offer unlimited calls to any fixed or mobile and cost R $ 99.90 (1 GB internet ) to R $ 199.90 (10GB of internet). Customers of Conecta100 or Connect + Simple franchise with 100 minutes or charging spare for other operators, may not enable the function.
Because Android is a fragmented platform, the Wi-Fi Calling depends on partnerships with manufacturers. From April 18, Porto Seguro will release the feature to certain handsets from Samsung, including Galaxy J2, J5, A7, S6, S7 and S7 Edge, provided they have been purchased on the domestic retail or Connect. Devices purchased on other carriers or abroad have different ROMs and will not receive the firmware update that activates the function in the launch phase.
The operator is already talking to Motorola, LG and Apple to enable Wi-Fi Calling. I questioned the Porto Seguro intends to offer calls over Wi-Fi through application like Vivo makes the TU Go, which could greatly expand the number of supported devices, but the operator said it plans to enable the feature only way native in the cell.
In my tests with a Galaxy A7 and a chip provided by Porto Seguro, the Internet calling worked as expected: it was possible to make and receive calls with good audio quality, flawless, including the device in airplane mode, with only the Wi-Fi enabled, using the native dialer.
Could not enable the feature on a specific connection to the Internet, blocking VoIP. In this network, Vivo Calling Wi-Fi did not work on an iPhone 6s. In both cases, calls typically occurred over the cellular network.
The cool Wi-Fi Calling native is that it operates transparently. Just enable the feature, and while you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, you receive calls over the internet; if disconnected, calls are now received by the cellular network. In the case of Samsung, there is a small symbol on the side of the carrier signal indicator, which shows when the Wi-Fi Calling is enabled. Unfortunately, without VoLTE, there is no network switching during a call – if the Wi-Fi fall, you have to redo the connection.
It is worth remembering that my tests were done with the idle network: Wi-Fi Calling is enabled only for some executives of Porto Seguro and a small group of journalists. We do not know how the network will behave when the operator activate the function for customers base, but the superintendent of Porto Seguro connects James Galli, assured that the infrastructure is scalable and is prepared to meet the “millions of customers.” Today, Porto Seguro has 70,000 post-paid subscribers mobile (being 12,000 with 4G) and 300,000 M2M as automotive equipment.