As Verizon customers who installed the latest beta have discovered, the Big Red carrier is finally preparing to support Wi-Fi Calling via other iCloud devices. Verizon has been the only major wireless carrier holdout up to this point, as AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all support this feature already.
With Verizon’s “Integrated Calling” feature, it will allow device owners that are using iCloud to make calls over Wi-Fi, as long as that device is using the same Apple ID as their iPhone. The benefit here is that the iPhone doesn’t even have to be on to make or receive those calls, nor does it have to be on the same Wi-Fi connection.
Wi-Fi Calling on other iCloud devices is supported on the Apple Watch, some Macs from 2012 or later, the iPad, and iPod touch.
According to some users, the feature isn’t available for every Verizon customer that’s accessing the iOS 10.3 beta just yet, but it’s a clear indicator that Verizon is gearing up to support the feature when iOS 10.3 launches to the public sometime soon.[via MacRumors Forums]