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Carrier WHEN IS VERIZON GETTING WIFI CALLING?

iphonedude2008

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Verizon stated recently as a shot at Tmobile that they weren't planning on implementing wifi calling because according to them, their network is stable enough and has enough coverage to not need wifi calling. Instead, they are investing in VOLTE, XLTE, and 5G.
 
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digitard

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I agree w/ the lack of need. I had it w/ my HTC on TMO, but wasn't impressed overall and have never really needed it.

I'd rather them continue to expand their actual voice footprint than WiFi calling infrastructure. Native calling always trumps.
 
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zhenya

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Anyone who lives or works in an area where they have little to no cellular coverage would benefit from wifi calling. This could be in a rural area where there is poor cellular reception due to geography or in an urban location where signals don't always make it into the depths of large buildings. Verizon's coverage is good, but it is FAR from covering everyone.
 
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Verizon's coverage is great, for sure - as a frequent flier, that's exactly why I use them - but in northern Iowa, there are many places where coverage is virtually nonexistent and this feature would come in handy. Not everyone lives in a metro.
Yeah, but when you're in Northern Iowa how much wifi coverage do you have?
 
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willmtaylor

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Verizon's coverage is great, for sure - as a frequent flier, that's exactly why I use them - but in northern Iowa, there are many places where coverage is virtually nonexistent and this feature would come in handy. Not everyone lives in a metro.
I get that. I've frequented Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, etc. I'm just curious how this would help someone. VZW's LTE is nearly ubiquitous, but in what situation would one NOT have LTE, but actually HAVE wifi?
 
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digitard

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I can see the large buildings argument, as I work on the 25th floor of a building, but rural area's w/ zero towers nearby probably has low throughput internet services so I would think you'd still experience issues w/ stability.
 
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willmtaylor

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I live between two towns. The first has LTE from VZW no problem, the other I vary between 1x and no service. My gym is in the latter and offers free wifi. That is just one example to bow it would be useful in my daily usage.
Gotchya. That makes sense. I guess if someone worked Ina congested metro or basement it would be beneficial as well. Can't help but wonder if these situations are common place enough to motivate Big Red to roll out such measures. Time will tell.
 
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jpgr15

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Gotchya. That makes sense. I guess if someone worked Ina congested metro or basement it would be beneficial as well. Can't help but wonder if these situations are common place enough to motivate Big Red to roll out such measures. Time will tell.

Yeah, I don't know. Fortunately for me, I really only go to that town for the gym. All the locals there pretty much rely on US Cellular. I feel bad for them really :cool:.
 
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jpgr15

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I can see the large buildings argument, as I work on the 25th floor of a building, but rural area's w/ zero towers nearby probably has low throughput internet services so I would think you'd still experience issues w/ stability.

You must not live in a rural area. Decent Internet access is not a prerequisite to solid VZW coverage. I can think of many towns that have great internet but horrible VZW coverage.
 
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CKtoph

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I live in a Philadelphia suburb, and we have a couple "dead zones" notoriously known for poor reception on all carriers. Although, I get reception at my home, it's generally been 3G or 1 bar of LTE. Then if I go into my basement (which is a walk out, so not completely underground), it's game over. Couple bars of 3G at best.

I'd love to see VZN implement Wifi calling.
 
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poorcody

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Many people can be at home in a good coverage area and have lousy indoor coverage due to obstructions and tower position. Verizon's coverage is good, but no cellular coverage is good enough to not need help at times.
 
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archrider

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I have coffee every day in a coffee shop in an urban area that has thick masonry walls and a steel frame for earthquake. The shop is narrow and deep so cellular is very poor or no service. Their free Wifi is fine. Being able to call would be a great benefit
 
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TG1

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I work in a new, LEED certified concrete building and we get HORRIBLE cellular reception from any carrier. Wifi calling would be our saving grace, but Verizon doesn't offer it. Using Google Voice in the meantime.
 
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se1000

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Don't forget WiFi calling means WiFi texting, which is free for anyone on T-Mobile when on a flight using GoGo
 
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