To get the voice calling facility, users will have to download version 2.2110.41 of WhatsApp on their Jio Phone and other KaiOS devices. Once activated, users can make WhatsApp calls in any of their chat threads by going to Options > Voice call. On other feature phones including Jio Phone, users can also attend WhatsApp voice calls like they attend other calls. However, it is important to note that calling through the instant messaging app requires the phone to have a Wi-Fi or cellular internet connection.
Matt Idema, COO of WhatsApp, said in a statement, “Bringing WhatsApp Voice Calls to KaiOS enabled devices helps us connect with the world privately through a service that is simple, reliable and accessible to all – whatever kind of mobile device they are using.”
WhatsApp debuted on Jio Phone in September 2018 before being released on other KaiOS phones. However, it arrived on other models in 2019 including the Nokia 8110 4G.
WhatsApp comes preloaded on most KaiOS phones since its release. This app is claimed to be the top KaiOS non-system app with highest monthly active users worldwide. However, WhatsApp has not revealed any official numbers to support the claim.
Sebastian Codville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies, said, “With WhatsApp, we are taking another important step towards the goal of making essential, useful services accessible to all, including under-served communities, seniors seeking simple devices. People and people using KaiOS devices as companion phones. Now with the voice calling feature, users can easily make calls anytime, anywhere in an affordable way.”
WhatsApp introduced its voice calling feature on smartphones in February 2015. However, WhatsApp for desktop users got the ability to make WhatsApp voice calls through Windows and Mac apps only in March this year.
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