Verizon isn't getting WiFi calling until next year, either

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Verizon isn't getting WiFi calling until next year, either

AT&T isn't the only carrier not getting WiFi calling until 2015 -- a certain red-branded network's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus won't, either. Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, Verizon's CFO Fran Shammo said that his company has some back-end work to finish up before the feature goes live. This is something he predicts should happen around halfway through next year. What's more, he said that WiFi calling was never a top priority, either, as spotted by FierceWireless.

Taking a jab at the the carrier that does support the feature this year, T-Mobile, he said Verizon built its network "extensively" so that the firm doesn't need to offer it just yet. "There was never a need for us to tell our customers, 'Oh, our network is not good enough so you need to go default to WiFi to complete your call,'" he said. Citing similar reasons to AT&T, Shammo continued that it can't guarantee the quality of a WiFi call, thus Verizon's deliberate pace to adopt the tech. It's a slight delay, but at least we're getting the feature faster than, you know, a Big Red voice-over-LTE handset.

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