To date, the biggest wireless carrier in all of America does not support Apple’s Wi-Fi calling technology, which lets mobile users make and take phone calls via Wi-Fi connections on other iCloud connected handsets such as iPad tablets and Apple Watch devices. So, too, are a couple of prepaid brands of another major US wireless carrier, Sprint -- namely Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile -- which currently still do not have support for any of the Wi-Fi tech that the iPhone maker has begun using since it launches its iOS 8 mobile operating system back in 2014.
As stated on Apple’s official website, Verizon Wireless is the only one of the Big Four carriers in the United States to still not have support for Apple’s Wi-Fi technology. According to Apple’s website, if the iOS mobile user’s mobile service provider has support for Wi-Fi Calling on iCloud connected handsets, he can also make and take Wi-Fi calls on other device. In other words, the user can take full advantage of Wi-Fi Calling on these handsets, even if his iPhone is not on the same Wi-Fi connection or switched on. Handsets that people can call to or from include iPads, iPod Touch devices, Apple Watch devices, and Mac devices.
Verizon Wireless has quite a history of being always late to the Wi-Fi party. As a matter of fact, the Big Red was the last major US wireless carrier that supported Apple’s Wi-Fi calling tech, launching the feature in February early this year on Apple’s iOS 9.3 platform. Now compare that to other members of the Big Four -- number two carrier AT&T had debuted the technology several months prior to Verizon Wireless; T-Mobile has long included Wi-Fi Calling on its iPhone devices; Sprint had already rolled it out in 2015.
In Sprint’s case, however, it is interesting to see that the fourth biggest wireless carrier in the US has not extended Wi-Fi Calling to its two prepaid arms, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Indeed, both Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are not included on Apple’s list of carriers that support Wi-Fi Calling tech. However, it should be noted too that T-Mobile’s prepaid brand, MetroPCS, also does not have support for Apple’s Wi-Fi Calling on supported iCloud connected handsets. Three of the biggest regional mobile service providers in the US (C Spire Wireless, nTelos, and US Cellular) also do not have support for Wi-Fi Calling tech.
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