A Verizon Wireless executive stated this week that the company won't be adding support for Wi-Fi calling for its smartphones until sometime in mid-2015, stating that it will take "some technological work in our network to make it available." That means Verizon subscribers who get the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday won't be able to use its native Wi-Fi calling features on the network for several more months at least.
FierceWireless reports that Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo made those comments as part of an address for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference. Shammo added that adding Wi-Fi calling support was not a big priroty for the company, adding, "We built our voice platform so extensively [that] there was never a need for us to tell our customers, 'Oh, our network is not good enough so you need to go on Wi-Fi to complete your call."
The news follows that of AT&T, which has also confirmed it won't offer Wi-Fi calling support until 2015. T-Mobile has offered its customers that feature for a while and Sprint is adding it to a number of its Android phones.
What do you think of Verizon's timetable for adding Wi-Fi calling for its customers?
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What are the benefits of this? With most plans having unlimited calling, what other benefits come from WiFi calling?
The benefit is being able to make calls when you have a bad cell signal. I live in central Austin, but am in somewhat of a dead zone for AT&T and Verizon, so I'm REALLY looking forward to this. (I'm on AT&T.)
If you live in a service black hole (I'm on Verizon), then this is huge. Or if you travel overseas, as long as youre on wifi, your phone works as if you're in USA, so you won't get roaming charges for send/receive calls and text.
This! When I got my 5S, Verizon service was rock solid. I got 4-5 bars even inside. Now, I get 0 (no dots, but says Verizon) to one bar. Field Test menu says I get -135 dB most of the time. My girlfriend get 3-4 AT&T bars inside my house. I am really tempted to leave Verizon because of this -- I haven't because away from home, I usually have service where she loses it. Sent from the iMore App
Aww! Didn't think of that. Thanks for the responses!
Here in the US, I can't really think of a need of why I would need WiFi calling unless I just have bad signal coverage indoors. In other countries, though, I can see the need for it. For example, many cell phones don't work very well in the London Underground so having the ability to make WiFi calls there would be beneficial (in fact, EE and O2 have this exact feature for this exact reason there).
:-( that really stinks. In my house I signal is terrible, even though I'm in a good coverage area. People can't hear me and it drops calls from time to time. What's messed up is that the signal used to be better. At work, one of our buildings has an old steel frame and it kills reception. This feature would allow me to have great coverage in these important locations. Come on Verizon Wireless! Why is this such a problem to implement and how is T-Mobile able to beat you to it? Sent from the iMore App
I like the Wi-Fi option. Just left Verizon for T-Mobile since the coverage is good in our city. Sent from the iMore App
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