Last week we shared a list of exciting plans we have in the works for 2016. We meant it when we said we were gonna start checking things off the list! This week, we are thrilled to introduce the next generation of WiFi Calling: Bonded Calling™. Now, our network actually senses if there is a problem with your call and fills in the gaps with your phone’s other data networks to catch dropped calls before they ever happen. For those who really want to understand the ins and outs of the technology that makes this possible, we’re going straight to the source: Our engineers, for an inside look at how this works.
Republic Wireless pioneered a version of WiFi calling that allowed its users to make calls using a WiFi network when one was available and handoff the call to a cellular circuit-switched network when the conditions on the WiFi network fell below acceptable levels. The handoff ability allowed a user to start or receive a call on a WiFi network and transition to a cellular circuit-switched network during the call seamlessly. The user’s call would not be dropped simply because they hopped in a car and started driving away from the WiFi connection.
Republic continued developing its technology to implement a reverse handoff. Now the user could park her car, walk into her house and have the call transition from the cellular circuit-switched network to her home WiFi connection. Again, this could be done mid-call in a seamless manner.
Both handoff and reverse handoff were either/or propositions. You were either on a cellular circuit-switched network or on a WiFi network – never both at the same time. When a handoff occurred, the communication link for the telephone call on the network making the handoff was terminated in favor of a communication link for the telephone call on the network receiving the handoff.
Handoff decisions were made in hopes of providing the best quality network at that given moment for a telephone call. If WiFi quality deteriorated, the telephone call would be handed to the cellular circuit-switched network. If the phone picked up a quality WiFi connection, the telephone call could be handed back to WiFi.
Now Republic has advanced WiFi calling to an even greater level through something we affectionately refer to as – wait for it … wait for it … “Bonded Calling™” – enabled with Adaptive Coverage™.
REPUBLIC WIRELESS ADAPTIVE COVERAGE™
This is the cool stuff. With Bonded Calling™, part of our Adaptive Coverage™ suite of tech, now, when you make a call over WIFI, Republic can automatically establish a second communication link over your phone’s cellular IP data network (at no cost to you) and transmit your voice (and the other party’s) simultaneously over the WiFi link and your phone’s cellular IP data network. Our super smart engineers figured out a way to intelligently blend the two VoIP audio streams into a single audio stream that is as good or better than either one of the separate VoIP audio streams.
Now if your WiFi connection drops some IP packets in the VoIP audio stream, the cellular IP data connection can fill in the missing packets to ensure the combined VoIP audio stream is as good as it possibly can be. As we mentioned above, we do not charge you or count the cellular data usage for voice calls against your plan. It’s on us.
If you’re like me, you pace the house when you’re on a call. Sometimes I’ll even go check the mailbox outside. Before call bonding, this may have caused a handoff from WiFi to cellular circuit-switched. With call bonding, we simply utilize more of the cellular IP data network VoIP audio stream if the WiFI VoIP audio stream deteriorates near the mailbox. As you go back inside, we simply use more of the WiFi VoIP audio stream as it gets stronger and better.
By using a combination of two VoIP audio streams on a single call, we maximize the chances that the VoIP call quality is at its best at all times. Cool right?
Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention, if the combined WiFi and cellular VoIP audio streams are not up to our quality standards, we can still hand the call off to the cellular circuit-switched network as a safety net fallback. And you’re free to move around. If you move out of range of WiFi, we’ll seamlessly switch your call to cell until you’re back around WiFi again. If your cell signal is bad too, you can roam for free over hundreds of voice roaming partners.
Call Quality help tickets are already declining with the start of Bonded Calling™!
I have been in the VoIP business since 2001 and the previously accepted truth is that Voice over the Internet is only as good as the Internet connection it rides on. We have turned that on its ear. Inconsistent Internet no longer means bad call. – Sean R.
We were so proud of our engineers we bought them all new Teslas and filed 14 patent applications relating to this technology. Kidding about the Teslas, but we did file for and are receiving patents on the tech.
This is the next generation of WiFi Calling. This is Adaptive Coverage™ – enabled with Bonded Calling™.