Verizon's Shammo: Expect Wi-Fi calling in 2015

Verizon's Shammo: Expect Wi-Fi calling in 2015
While T-Mobile has already starting offering Wi-Fi calling to 100% of its Simple Choice customers, AT&T announced that the service will be available for its customers starting next year. Now, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has revealed that the nation's largest carrier will also start Wi-Fi  calling in 2015. He made the announcement at an event in New York City.

With Wi-Fi calling, your voice calls and texts bypass your carrier's network and run over a Wi-Fi connection instead. But suppose you are on a Wi-Fi call and leave the area covered by the Wi-Fi signal. What happens then? Glad you asked. The call is automatically handed-off to your carrier's cellular pipeline. While some carriers don't count calls carried over Wi-Fi against your monthly minutes, saving money is not the main reason right now to use the feature. T-Mobile is promoting it as a way to get broadband speed in an area where you're suffering from a weak cellular signal.

Verizon's Shammo took a whack at T-Mobile. As we just noted, the latter promoted Wi-Fi calling to its customers to help them connect in areas where the mobile operator has a sketchy signal. That led Shammo to say that Verizon's voice platform is so good that it doesn't require its customers to use Wi-Fi calling to complete a call.

As AT&T has discovered, the last place you want to be is in John Legere's crosshairs. Expect some response from the Pied Piper of Wireless.

source: TechCrunch



1. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

So with WiFi calling means: I can make international calls over my wifi ? Or I'm missing something here.! Can someone please answer me

2. CloutKing

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

To bad tmobile has it already,and unlimited data! verizon sucks

3. wateryspit

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

International calls coming in to the USA while on WiFi is free, but calling from the usa to what ever country is dependent on international rates maybe free or extra. you will have to ask your service provider. I work at T-Mobile and that's how it works so far.

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Man's got a point. Legere can't retort this without deflecting.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

He could use the opportunity to talk about T-Mo's network build-out. Or, the price difference between the two carriers. And, and, and.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Fran Shammo needs to get out more. There's plenty of rural areas without good Verizon coverage.

7. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Finally, a move that will actually help those in the areas that Verizon's coverage is lacking!

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