A couple weeks back we reported that Verizon was planning on launching their HD voice and VoLTE service in “the coming weeks“, and thankfully for Verizon users, that time has come. Verizon customers using compatible devices can start taking advantage of these services today. For now only the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are supported, but the LG G3 will presumably be next with more devices to follow suit.
Wi-fi calling has been all the rage recently, due to T-Mobile’s improvements on the feature and Apple’s implementation of it on the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, along with iOS 8.
After yesterday’s delay, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon are now seeing a software update appear. It includes Android 4.4.3 and HTC’s Extreme Power Saving Mode to drag out battery life as much as possible.
The update is just over 673MB and Verizon recommends having your device plugged in while updating. After downloading, the install process will take about fifteen minutes or so.
Sprint launched HD voice capabilities a few months ago in place of jumping of the VoLTE bandwagon before it was ready, and after just two months, 16 million customers now have access to HD voice. Dr. John Saw, Sprint’s chief network officer, says that Sprint wanted to focus on building out HD voice quickly so they wouldn’t be forced to deploy VoLTE ahead of time. After Sprint’s WiMax fiasco, I’d say that’s a pretty sound plan.
HD voice is just one facet of Sprint trying to quickly build out a better network to stay competitive with Verizon, AT&T, and the quickly growing T-Mobile Sprint offers about 30 postpaid and 33 prepaid smartphones that can take advantage of HD voice, which is considerably more than what’s available on the VoLTE side of the fence.
source: Fierce Wireless
Bad news for Verizon HTC One users today: according to HTC’s VP of product management, the HTC One M8 OTA update has been delayed until tomorrow due to an un-revealed issue. However, this is hardly anything to get too worried about, since the update should be released tomorrow without any issues. This update is the same one that was released last week to the M7. A highlight of the update is the new Extreme Power Saving Mode.
T-Mobile hosted the Un-carrier 7.0 event today bringing what they are calling “Wi-Fi Un-leashed.” Wi-Fi Unleashed brings Wi-Fi calling and texting to every Simple Choice customer, and they are including it on every smartphone they sell. What happens if you don’t have a phone that is Wi-Fi calling and texting capable? Well assuming you’re already a T-Mobile customer, they are offering you an exclusive enrollment window in JUMP!, which is their upgrade program.
If you don’t have a wireless router, or your current one sucks, T-Mobile will give you one made by ASUS called a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot. It has a unique patent-pending technology that prioritizes voice calls for HD voice.
Plenty of devices are seeing software updates this week and now we can add yet another to the mix. T-Mobile is rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update to its Galaxy S 4 starting today. In the New Features category, the Galaxy S 4 is getting Android 4.4.4. On the Improvements side, T-Mobile says Wi-Fi calling has been enhanced.
Just yesterday, the Galaxy S 5 from Verizon received the same update that includes the latest version of Android.
Owners of the Galaxy S 5 on Verizon, be prepared for a software update. Fellow TalkAndroid writer Jack Holt shared the screenshot above that shows his Samsung device receiving a bump to Android 4.4.4 alongside some Bluetooth fixes. This means that Big Red’s version of the Galaxy S 5 is now running the latest version of Android.
Verizon customers that own the HTC One (M8), you can expect your update starting today.
Source: +Jack Holt
Sprint is the next company to offer highly competitive trade-in offers after T-Mobile launched its program on Monday. The carrier will now offer up to $300 to be put towards a new device or account credit when giving up an old one. A total of five devices per line can be used as a trade-in for a single calendar year. And three devices can be used at a single time to really maximize the trade-in value. If a customer has received a better trade-in offer, Sprint will either match it or better it.
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