Verizon Wireless has announced that it will be offering Wi-Fi calling to its subscribers who own iPhone devices by way of Apple’s recent update to its iOS 9.3 mobile operating system. According to the Big Red, it had already started rolling out support for Wi-Fi calling in 2015 but only to mobile users who have Android powered handsets. This year, the biggest wireless carrier in the United States is looking to further expand its support for Wi-Fi calling to iOS users as well.
As reported by MacRumors, the third version of Apple’s iOS 9.3 beta has now been made available in the form of an over the air update and via the iOS portion of the Apple Developer Center. Since this edition of the iOS mobile operating system is still in beta form, it was supposed to be only available for use to developers who are testing the OS. In the coming weeks or months, however, it will begin to be fully deployed to all iPhone users.
Wi-Fi calling is nothing new -- as a matter of fact, the other members of the Big Four -- AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- already offer the service via the iPhone maker’s iOS mobile operating system. For those not in the know, Wi-Fi calling automatically switches voice calls to a Wi-Fi connection whenever a cellular connection is unreliable or undetectable.
It was back in December of last year that Verizon Wireless started rolling out Wi-Fi calling to its Android subscribers, albeit on a limited number of mobile devices only, most notably Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices. The initial deployment was done in stages, but entering 2016, the Big Red was planning to further roll out the feature in more Android and iOS devices.
Verizon Wireless is promising that all voice calls made to US based phone numbers via Wi-Fi will be absolutely free of charge. As for voice calls made to foreign based phone numbers however, they will be charged based on international long distance rates.
Verizon Wireless actually had introduced a variation on Wi-Fi calling on iPhone devices last year. As a matter of fact, the Big Red had deployed a specific version of its Verizon Messages mobile app that allowed its subscribers to make Wi-Fi voice calls from their newer iPhone models, as long as their devices have advanced calling activated, and have enabled Wi-Fi calling within the Verizon Messages app. Verizon Messages worked with devices such as the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6s, and the iPhone 6s Plus.
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