Apple’s iOS 10.3 release is near, and iOS 10.3 is going to be packed with new and exciting features. But if you look carefully there is one unique feature in iOS 10.3 that hasn’t been mentioned anywhere in the release notes.
If you dig deep, you will find in the settings of iOS 10.3 the feature for Verizon customers to make Wi-Fi calls without the need for your iPhone. This was discovered by MacRumors. All you have to do is navigate to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices and turn it on.
This will bring Verizon customers at par with iPhone owners that were on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile who have had been using this feature for quite some time now.
If you are wondering if Verizon customers already had the Wi-Fi calling function, then let me clarify. Currently how Verizon works (before iOS 10.3 beta) is that all Wi-Fi calls are routed through your iPhone, regardless of where you make or receive the call (e.g., your Mac). Now with the iOS 10.3 your Mac, iPad or iPod touch will be able to connect with Verizon over Wi-Fi directly, and it will make calls displaying your iPhone number as long as they are using the same iCloud account. This is going to work even if your iPhone is not close by, not connected to the same Wi-Fi network or even when it is switched off.
Wi-Fi Calling in iOS 10.3:
Wi-Fi calling allows iPhone users to make Wi-Fi calls on all of their devices that are connected to iCloud, that is Mac, iPad, Apple Watch, etc. The best feature of Wi-Fi calling is that it still places the call even if your iPhone is on a different Wi-Fi network or even switched off. This is a useful tool for when your iPhone is out of battery.
This will be a great new for the Verizon customers as it is a long-awaited feature and all of the company’s biggest rivals already have this feature. Not only that, some of the small US carriers had this feature too such as MetroPCS and Simple Mobile.
Those Verizon customers who are keen to use Wi-Fi calling should sign up for iOS 10.3 beta release, but you should know that beta versions have some bugs. So, if you do not want to risk then you can wait for the iOS 10.3 to be rolled out officially.
Let us know in the comment sections how this new feature will affect you and how excited are you about it.