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BSNL VoIP Calling Service, WINGS Roll Out Starts From August 1

The government-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has recently announced its VoIP service that is dubbed as Wings. It will be available for service from August 1 of 2018, and the service will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. This VoIP services will be letting the users make all local, national, and international calls via any Internet-enabled connections, such as WiFi, broadband, 3G or 4G services etc. Also, the company tagged Rs 1,099 for availing this facility of VoIP calling.

BSNL’s VoIP – Wings: How You Can Download The App And Use
On this note, the company said, “To use the service, a customer needs to install… soft app on any of its smart devices (like laptop/smart mobile handset/tablet) having internet… to make and receive calls from anywhere in India and abroad with any party (landline/mobile).” Users need to install the app from Google Play Store and then they can call their contacts through it.

Moreover, the company also made it clear that the charged amount of Rs 1,099 is the one-time activation fee, which will be including the cost of local and national calls for a period of one year. However, the international calls will be coming according to the costs based on BSNL international landline tariff plan. Also, in order to make a video call, the other end party must also have access to the Wings service.

This initiative was taken by the state-owned telecom firm after the Government amended its norm to give permission to full-fledged internet telephone service in the country, which will be allowing calls from app to app and also other phone numbers. The current initiation is a recommendation from telecom regulator TRAI to the Department of Telecommunication that was issued on last October.

Alternatives to BSNL VoIP:
Upon hearing about the new VoIP service from BSNL, a strong question arises as to why use this service when WiFi calling will be available free of cost and also have ease of use in the near future. BSNL has announced that this service will come in handy to those people who have a poor network connection; but, the fact is the company still needs to work on its Internet connections. Further, when the telecommunication advancements have increased so much for better that WiFi calling allows calls to any phone number over a broadband connection, why choose BSNL VoIP?

WiFi Calling:
On the other hand, WiFi calling, which is soon to be launched by Reliance Jio, will not require any require any app to make calls, and it will not expect the other end party to have some app installed, as well. It is also to be noted that, the smartphones released a since last five years are made to support WiFi calling. The other telecom companies, such as Airtel and Vodafone, are also expected to launch WiFi calling services in the coming days following Jio.

The makers of Wings from BSNL have somehow managed to ignore the fact that already many Internet applications such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Duo, and many other such applications are allowing free access to voice and video calls, since a long period of time. In spite of the fact these apps cannot make calls to mobile numbers, just like Wings or WiFi calling, it is pretty sure that mobile phone users of today’s age have at least one of these apps where he can make calls at a free of cost. To make things worse, the news about Wings came on the same day when Reliance Jio announced its WiFi calling on its annual general meeting.

After getting Internet connections at a very cheap cost by various telecom companies, paying Rs 1099 for a VoIP service is considered void and insignificant at this age of smartphone revolution. – Mysmartprice

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