Verizon gets FCC waiver to begin offering Wi-Fi Calling

By , Nov 13, 2015

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The Federal Communications Commission on Friday gave Verizon permission to begin offering Wi-Fi Calling. As noted by MacRumors, the Commission granted the carrier a waiver today that will allow it to rollout the feature, which was introduced last year with iOS 8.

The news comes a month after AT&T was granted the same waiver, and it activated Wi-Fi Calling for compatible devices days later. In a statement, it also criticized the FCC for excusing the fact that Sprint and T-Mobile have long been offering the feature without a waiver.

For those unfamiliar with the option, Wi-Fi Calling allows users to place a phone call over a local Wi-Fi network instead of their wireless connection—which is particularly helpful in areas with poor cellular service. Verizon is the only major US carrier that doesn’t support it.

Today’s FCC waiver gives Verizon permission to offer Wi-Fi Calling without the typically-required support for TTY, a service for those with disabilities. There’s no word on when it will be available for Verizon Wireless subscribers, but we’ll let you know as soon as it goes live.

Source: FCC via MacRumors

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  • nonchalont

    Verizon typically doesn’t need it lol. You can be deep under a cave and still make a clear call.

  • John Wickham

    In the last year, Verizon service at my house has gone from 5–bar clarity to 1–bar garbage. WiFi calling is well welcomed by subscribers in my area.

  • Although it is true Verizon has incredible coverage, sometimes they don’t and all you have is WiFi, and this will be extremely helpful then.

  • Morgan Freeman

    So the waiver was so they could offer wifi calling without support of TTY, and they complained that T-Mobile and Sprint got to offer wifi calling without a waiver, but made no mention of whether TMO or Sprint actually offer it WITHOUT TTY support, thus, I conclude, negating the need for said waiver to begin with. So do TMO and Sprint support TTY over wifi calling, or not? If they support it, then the whining about them offering wifi calling with no waiver is baseless.