Verizon Wireless has announced that it will begin selling the Nexus 6 online on March 12 and in stores on March 19. After an extremely long wait and launches on the three other major carriers, the Nexus 6 will finally be available to Verizon customers. The reason for the wait? We can’t say with absolute certainty, but it seems that it came down to the inclusion of Verizon’s Advanced Calling 1.0.
Advanced Calling 1.0 is Verizon’s Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) and HD Voice technology. Not only does it allow for clearer, crisper calls to other Verizon customers, it also allows users to talk and use mobile data at the same time, something that was previously missing due to Verizon’s CDMA network. Advanced Calling is the likely delay as Google didn’t announce Android 5.1 until Monday, which is an update that provides compatibility with HD Voice, among other features.
Verizon will sell the Nexus 6 for $249.99 with a two-year contract or $649.99 off-contract. The Nexus 6 can also be financed through Verizon Edge at $27.08/month. Online availability begins tomorrow, March 12, while in-store availability is set for March 19.