Verizon is finally enabling Wi-Fi calling support, but iPhone owners don't get to celebrate yet. The carrier is turning on the feature for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users only, and is promising support for other smartphones—including the iPhone—in the next few months.
Wi-Fi calling comes to Verizon, but not for iPhone
Wi-Fi calling lets smartphone owners use Internet broadband over wireless network connections for phone calls when regular cell signals are too weak. T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T already support the feature, leaving Verizon as the last of the big U.S. carriers to get on board.
Apparently giving customers Wi-Fi calling isn't as simple as flipping a switch for Verizon considering the company's slow and staggered rollout. The carrier said,
Wi-Fi Calling will initially be available on the Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Samsung Galaxy S 6 Edge and will be rolled out as a software update in phases. Additional Android and iOS devices will receive Wi-Fi Calling capabilities via future software updates expected early next year.
Verizon's Galaxy 6S and 6S Edge customers should be able to start using Wi-Fi calling on December 8th. Everyone else, including iPhone owners, will have to wait until the carrier decides it's their turn.