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AT&T(s t) may have beat Verizon(s vz) off the starting line when it took its new voice-over-LTE service live this week, but Verizon said on Tuesday it plans to finish the VoLTE race strong. The carrier still hasn’t revealed when in 2014 its next-generation mobile telephony service will launch, but when it does it will debut nationwide and immediately offer enhanced communications features like video calling, Verizon VP of Mobile and Internet services Brian Higgins said at a media briefing.

The video chat feature will be much like Apple’s(s aapl) Facetime as it will be accessible from the phone’s dialer and contact lists and users can switch between voice and video calling with a tap of the button. Verizon started previewing integrated video calling way back in 2011, but it’s significant that the feature will available to customers on day 1 of launch.

Most mobile carriers are gradually rolling…

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