We talked to the company about the differences compared to the applications that exist for similar features.
A few hours ago, WOM announced that the 4G voice call service, called WiFi, is now available. However, there is still doubt about the benefits of this mechanism. That is why we are talking to the company.
In principle, the company mentioned that the new support will increase the speed by at least twice, it will not have any additional costs and is available for prepaid and postpaid plans. Sang Park, the terminal manager, told FayerWayer the following about the equipment that supports this modality:
It's not just for high-end equipment. We have equipment under 50 thousand pesos that work. The idea is that it's something inclusive. The only condition is that the equipment is compatible. In fact, all teams released from 2019 will come with this feature (see list of the most important ones here).
It must connect to a wireless connection and it works by discriminating based on the connection quality to see if the call completes it with 4G or WiFi. This adds options so you get better quality.
Although the company mentioned that prices will not rise, doubts arise. It can be assumed that for an average user it may be easier to use any application that allows calls like WhatsApp to use this feature, and only pays the cost of the data. In view of this reality, Sang Park told us that the system they support is more versatile:
It has to do with simplicity. There are usage cases where minutes are discounted, but you can call landline, you will be able to use emergency services and things that WhatsApp does not meet. For example, we could call a person who has a 2G phone on a computer that only earns a vote.
In addition, it will be native, in theory, it Calls tend to use less battery than an application-based voice over IP solution. This is mounted on the team's native software and you will be able to see an icon if you are talking about 4G or Wi-Fi; It is transparent to the customer.