Band 12 disabled in new Nexus phones


Although more smartphone manufacturers are going down the path of selling directly to consumers rather than through carriers, a move welcomed by many consumers, there are some pitfalls to be on the lookout for. One of those concerns band 12 LTE and use of these phones with T-Mobile. Following similar issues for the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition, T-Mobile indicates they have managed to get Google to disable band 12 in the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, at least until Google gets the devices certified for VoLTE. Read more

Three UK rolls out its 4G Super-Voice ‘VoLTE’ technology for improved network coverage


Three has just announced it has begun to roll out its 4G Super-Voice technology in the UK making it easier for customers to make calls, send texts or go online in places that had previously had poor or no signal reception at all. While Three is calling the technology 4G Super-Voice, US readers may be more familiar with it under the VoLTE moniker. Read more

Verizon will finally sell the Nexus 6 on March 12th with Android 5.1 and VoLTE

Nexus_6_Cloud_White_And_Midnight_BlueVerizon hasn’t been in any kind of a rush to release the Nexus 6 on their network, but it looks like the wait is almost over. Most Verizon stores are getting promotional materials for the device that are slated to go up on March 11th with a March 12th launch date, which means we’re about two weeks out from seeing the phone officially active on Verizon’s network. Read more

HTC One (M8) for AT&T getting software update “early next week”


In just a few days, expect a software update to begin rolling out to the HTC One (M8) for AT&T. Mo Versi, the Vice President of Product Management at HTC, responded to one eager customer on Friday. Versi announced that a software update would land on the device “early next week” and include a slew of items.

Here is what Versi said will be in the update:

  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • HTC Eye Experience software
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)

Even though it is not Android 5.0 Lollipop, it is a welcome

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Verizon Preps Droid Turbo For Advanced Calling With Update, No Lollipop


Verizon is currently pushing out an OTA update to the Motorola Droid Turbo phones. This update is a preparatory package for Advanced Calling 1.0, also known as VoLTE, along with some undisclosed bug fixes.

Before Droid Turbo can make use of Advanced Calling, Verizon must get this package out and make some adjustments on its side before the feature is turned on.

The majority of the bug fixes were not detailed, but there was mention of a fix for email attachments not being centered correctly. This has been remedied.

No word yet on when the Droid Turbo will see its Android 5.0 update.

Source: Verizon

Motorola Moto X (2014) will not get Verizon Advanced Calling 1.0 on launch


Consumers interested in getting a new Motorola Moto X (2014) on the Verizon network will probably be disappointed to know that the device will initially come without support for Verizon’s new Advanced Calling 1.0. Advanced Calling 1.0 is Verizon’s new “product” that routes both voice and data over the LTE network. The Moto X (2014) will not have access to Advanced Calling 1.0 when it launches on September 26th, but will get it via a software update sometime later this fall. Read more

Verizon to launch WiFi calling in 2015

Verizon_glass-A few carriers have announced plans for WiFi calling on their devices, and it looks like Verizon will follow suit. Unfortunately, the feature won’t be coming to the carrier anytime soon. Verizon’s Fran Shammo claims that Verizon still needs to do some of the technological legwork to make sure that WiFi calling is an acceptable experience, and since Verizon’s 3G coverage is one of the best around, they haven’t felt the need to urgently push WiFi calling. Still, they plan on deploying the feature at some point in the middle of 2015, which is almost a full year away.

In place of WiFi calling, Verizon has been hard at work rolling out VoLTE which offers a comparable experience to traditional 3G calling. There still aren’t many phones on Verizon’s network that support VoLTE or WiFi calling, so don’t expect a massive change overnight, even after Verizon allows WiFi calling next year.

source: Fierce Wireless

Verizon launches Advanced Calling 1.0 with VoLTE and Video Calling


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.

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16 million Sprint customers now have access to HD voice coverage

sprint-logoSprint 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