Verizon iPhone customers to get Wi-Fi calling through Apple's iOS 9.3 beta

Verizon said it will offer Wi-Fi calling to its iPhone customers through Apple's iOS 9.3 operating system update.

"Verizon is committed to offering new choices that deliver the best customer experience. We began offering Wi-Fi Calling on some devices last year and are now preparing to offer Wi-Fi Calling to customers using iOS devices," Verizon spokesman Scott Charlston said in a statement to FierceWirelessTech.

MacRumors notes that the third iOS 9.3 beta is available as an over-the-air update and through the iOS section of the Apple Developer Center. The beta version of the software is intended for developer testing, and will likely be released to iPhone users sometime in the near future.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all currently offer Wi-Fi calling through Apple's iOS platform. The technology automatically switches calls to a Wi-Fi network when a cellular signal is weak or absent.

Verizon in December started offering Wi-Fi calling on some Android devices, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Samsung Galaxy S 6 Edge, rolling it out as a software update in phases. It also promised to add Wi-Fi calling to more Android and iOS devices via future software updates early this year. Verizon says all Wi-Fi calls made to U.S. phone numbers are free. Calls made to foreign numbers are billed at international long distance rates. Article