Following last week’s announcement that iPhones would support Wi-Fi Calling, and that T-Mobile would get it right away, all the other carriers have been forced to make their plans for the service known. Lo, Verizon will get the service, albeit, a little reluctantly. Fierce Wireless reports the comments of Verizon CFO Fran Shammo which echo the comments of who like AT&T CEO Ralph de La Vega. Both execs claim that they don’t need to let their customers make mobile phone calls over the internet because their cellular service is so infallibly good.
Mentioned by Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, the wireless carrier plans on supporting Wi-Fi calling within the next 12 months. First reported by Fierce Wireless, the CFO indicated that Verizon will need to perform “technological work on our network” to provide that feature to customers in the future. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support Wi-Fi calling, a feature that allows users to place and receive voice calls as well as send and receive messages using a wireless Internet connection. When asked why Verizon hadn’t invested in the technology sooner, Shammo said “We built our voice platform so extensively, 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.’”