Sep 17 AT 2:58 PM Alex Wagner 3 Comments

Verizon Wi-Fi calling expected to arrive in mid-2015


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.

Is Wi-Fi calling an important feature for you to have?

Source: FierceWireless

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  • Dave Kratter

    I have Sprint, and reception in my apartment isn’t so good. So Sprint had sent me a free AiRave about two years ago. Since I got the LG G3 in July, which supports WiFi calling, I no longer need the AiRave. So it’s certainly an important feature for me. I’m not sure why Verizon doesn’t think so, but thankfully Sprint does.

    • Jeffrey Lyndon Tate

      Maybe because VZ’s network is robust enough (unlike Sprint’s – but they are getting better) they don’t need it, as the article states. VZ has some dead zones like all carriers, but they are much fewer, and as Sprint did with you, they will supply a FemtoCell if needed.

  • Ross

    While Verizon’s network is more extensive than Sprint and T-Mobile, wifi calling is still something I want. Sometimes the best network coverage still can’t penetrate a concrete building. Not only is my condo concrete, there is a mountain behind it. Currently Verizon is the only provider that works at my condo, however, only with 1-2 bars and sometimes calls do fade in and out. Wifi calling would fix this. I was tempted to switch to TMobile for Wifi calling but may stay with Verizon knowing that this feature is coming next year.