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