Hot on the heels of T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi Unleashed event, at which it announced that all of its future devices will include Wi-Fi Calling functionality, Verizon has revealed when it plans to offer the feature itself.
Speaking at an investor conference, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said that Verizon Wireless will offer Wi-Fi calling sometime in mid-2015. Shammo explained that the feature’s not a “top priority” for Verizon because it’s put so much effort into voice calling on its cellular network that customers don’t need to go use Wi-Fi to conduct quality calls. The exec also said that it’s harder for Verizon to ensure quality calls over Wi-Fi than it is on its own network.
Verizon prides itself on its network quality, so it’s no surprise to hear that Wi-Fi calling isn’t a priority for it. Some may consider such a feature could as an admission of poor network quality, and that’s one of the last things Big Red wants. Still, it’s nice to hear that the feature is coming to Verizon at some point, because even Verizon can have spotty network coverage in some areas.
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