Verizon Will Support Wi-Fi Calling on Other iCloud Devices on iOS 10.3

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Verizon customers running the new iOS 10.3 beta have discovered that the carrier has added an option for Integrated Calling (Calls on Other Devices).

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The feature enables iPhone users to make and receive Wi-Fi calls on other iCloud-connected devices, including the iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and most 2012 or later Macs, even if the iPhone is turned off or not on the same Wi-Fi network. The devices must be signed into the same Apple ID used on the iPhone.

AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile already support Wi-Fi calling on supported iCloud-connected devices, so Verizon was the last holdout among the four major carriers in the United States. The feature is also supported by smaller U.S. carriers MetroPCS and Simple Mobile and by a few other carriers internationally.

Wi-Fi calling on other devices may not be live yet for all Verizon customers on iOS 10.3 beta, but it should be ready in time for the final version.

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48 months ago
Good to see Verizon is just now catching up to a feature T-Mobile customers have had for about four years.

As a former Verizon customer, they can tout their network all they like, but it doesn't change that I have 1 bar of coverage in my basement, regardless of whether I'm on Verizon or T-Mobile. Wi-Fi Calling is an essential feature and should be an industry standard, because as it turns out, a cell tower a few miles away can't get a good signal into people's basements. Cell networks are nice and all, but there's a reason most people still have home wi-fi, even if it means putting up with Comcast or Time Warner.
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48 months ago

Good to see Verizon is just now catching up to a feature T-Mobile customers have had for about four years.

As a former Verizon customer, they can tout their network all they like, but it doesn't change that I have 1 bar of coverage in my basement, regardless of whether I'm on Verizon or T-Mobile. Wi-Fi Calling is an essential feature and should be an industry standard, because as it turns out, a cell tower a few miles away can't get a good signal into people's basements. Cell networks are nice and all, but there's a reason most people still have home wi-fi, even if it means putting up with Comcast or Time Warner.

The title is slightly misleading. Verizon already has wi-if calling. Your basement situation won't be an issue on Verizon.
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48 months ago
Hey Verizon welcome to 2015!
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48 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/25/verizon-wifi-calling-other-icloud-devices/')


Verizon customers running the new iOS 10.3 beta ('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/24/apple-seeds-first-beta-of-ios-10-3/') have discovered ('https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ios-10-3-beta-1-new-features-performance-improvements-and-more.2029174/page-4#post-24229485') that the carrier has added an option for Integrated Calling (Calls on Other Devices).



The feature ('https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT203032') enables iPhone users to make and receive Wi-Fi calls on other iCloud-connected devices, including the iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and most 2012 or later Macs, even if the iPhone is turned off or not on the same Wi-Fi network. The devices must be signed into the same Apple ID used on the iPhone.

AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile already support ('https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204039') Wi-Fi calling on supported iCloud-connected devices, so Verizon was the last holdout among the four major carriers in the United States. The feature is also supported by smaller U.S. carriers MetroPCS and Simple Mobile and by a few other carriers internationally.

Wi-Fi calling on other devices may not be live yet for all Verizon customers on iOS 10.3 beta, but it should be ready in time for the final version.

Article Link: Verizon Will Support Wi-Fi Calling on Other iCloud Devices on iOS 10.3 ('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/25/verizon-wifi-calling-other-icloud-devices/')

How is the "best" network always the last one to all parties? Hahaha
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48 months ago

Interesting. Just to confirm - this is different than wifi calling or allowing calls on other devices (continuity), but rather multiple iOS devices or Macs can be registered to make calls over a wifi connection and through Verizon's network without a functioning iPhone?

Reading the support article from Apple it'd appear so, yes.
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48 months ago

Interesting. Just to confirm - this is different than wifi calling or allowing calls on other devices (continuity), but rather multiple iOS devices or Macs can be registered to make calls over a wifi connection and through Verizon's network without a functioning iPhone?

Yes, this is different. The way Verizon works now (without 10.3 beta) is when you call someone from your Mac, it's routing it through your iPhone. With the way it will work is your phone call from your Mac will go directly to Verizon over Wifi and place the call with your iPhone phone number without your iPhone being near by.

I can confirm this as a current T-Mobile customer who left Verizon last week. This new way is superior. I can place phone calls over LTE from my iPad and it will show up on the callers side as coming from my iPhone.
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