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. Shammo, according to Fierce Wireless:
He said Verizon needs to do "some technological work in our network to make it available," and it should come around the middle of next year.
However, he said Wi-Fi calling was "never a top priority" for Verizon. "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.'"
That's of course a dig at T-Mobile, which implies that their service is not strong enough to stand on its own. While it's true that Verizon does have the best coverage in the country, it seems fair that Wi-Fi Calling could be added at least as a backup. People don't have to use it, and if the carrier is so reliable, maybe they won't. [Fierce Wireless]