Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) Follows The Footsteps of AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) With Wi-Fi Calling

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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is rolling out its Wi-Fi calling service in a catch-up attempt. However, its Wi-Fi calling feature appears more limited than what the competition is offering. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE:TMUS) and Sprint Corp (NYSE:S) not only moved ahead of Verizon with Wi-Fi calling, but have also made calling over Wi-Fi seamless. In Verizon’s case, subscribers require a separate app from the phone to make Wi-Fi-supported calls.

Whether Verizon has bowed to pressure or deliberately chose to be the last major carrier to support Wi-Fi calling is a different story. What is clear though, is that the company has broken ranks with is peers in Wi-Fi call offerings. Instead of letting subscribers make calls over Wi-Fi using the native phone app, Verizon requires you to have a separate app to do it. Additionally, Verizon’s version of Wi-Fi calling also doesn’t support call transfers. That means that if you happen to go beyond your Wi-Fi network coverage range, your Wi-Fi call will be dropped.

Verizon only supports iOS devices

The other thing that sets Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)’s Wi-Fi-backed calling apart from the competition is that it is only available on select phones. Unless you are an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS user who owns any of the iPhone 6 series or iPhone 6S series smartphones, you are out of luck when it comes to Wi-Fi calling on Verizon SIM.

Verizon restricts straying

Although AT&T has also limited its Wi-Fi call support to iOS and the iPhone 6/iPhone 6S series, you don’t require an extra app to call over Wi-Fi on AT&T SIM. Additionally, like T-Mobiles and Sprint, AT&T also supports call transfers, which allow you to continue your conversations outside of Wi-Fi network coverage.

Despite the restrictions, the updated Verizon Message+ app allows you to enjoy free calls on Wi-Fi networks domestically or abroad.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Project Fi also has a Wi-Fi calling flavor that seamlessly transfers your call over to the cellular networks of T-Mobile and Sprint if you happen to stray from your Wi-Fi network coverage.

Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta has been in the financial space for over six years now. Gupta earned her MBA degree from Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning in 2009 and her passion for finance led her to pursue Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course. She has successfully completed Level II of her CFA. She is a veteran in article writing, which is depicted in her numerous pieces published on SeekingAlpha, Nextiphonenews, InsiderMonkey, MarketWatch, and Techinsider. Her crisp and eloquent writing finds its best place in Researchcows, where emphasis is given on developing rich content for various websites, products, business plans, trainings, and book writing.

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  • sbisking

    I’ll be swapping 4 lines from VZ to AT&T. VZ why even offer wifi calling through an app? We can already do that! I want wifi calling through the native phone app.

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