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
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.
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
It looks like Verizon is ready to flip the switch on its VoLTE (voice over LTE) and HD voice services. According to Big Red, the initial rollout will take place in “the coming weeks.”
The good news is that it will be nationwide instead of only a few select areas like their competitors. However, it will be limited to select devices and customers will have to opt-in to use the service. VoLTE will work wherever this is LTE-data coverage.
Right after boasting its wideband LTE and VoLTE networks, T-Mobile has turned on voice over LTE (VoLTE) for a few devices. The devices come from both Samsung and LG. The update to enable VoLTE is appearing on the Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Note 3, and G Flex.
Technically, the update only matters (right now) if you are in one of the 16 markets that the carrier’s VoLTE network has been launched in. Until then, just enjoy the update and wait until your market gets VoLTE.
John Legere and the folks at T-Mobile have done it again. Tonight in Seattle, Washington, Legere threw more punches (with some intense language) at the wireless industry. The carrier announced the entry of wideband LTE in sixteen markets across the country ranging from coast to coast. They also proudly proclaimed that their voice over LTE network (VoLTE) has a presence over 100 million people in the United States. Pretty impressive considering how far behind other carriers are in terms of getting VoLTE networks off the ground. Also, the carrier’s VoLTE support is being extending to the Samsung Galaxy S 5 tomorrow. In addition to this, its VoLTE network will go live in even more markets.
Hit the break for more news out of T-Mobile.
Ready or not, Verizon will be launching its VoLTE network (voice over LTE) this year. We just do not know exactly when it will be happening. Over the summer? Near the end of December, just in time for Christmas? Who knows! But what we do know is that Verizon will be utilizing VoLTE for video calling as well. Two VoLTE-enabled device are necessary and Verizon will give callers the option to use voice or voice with video. The launch of the VoLTE network will be done in a rollout format, meaning that you may have to wait longer than anyone else. After all, Verizon does intend on making this a nationwide platform.
In the meantime, enjoy Big Red’s new XLTE network speeds.
Today, AT&T announced that they would begin rolling out their voice-over LTE (VoLTE) service, as well as HD Voice Support, starting on May 23rd. The rollout will start off in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin but as time goes on it will reach other markets.
The HD Voice support will allow for much clearer phone calls, and VoLTE will allow users to make calls using their LTE service, as long as their phone supports it. Hit the break for the press release.
AT&T customers in Chicago and Minneapolis better be ready for something brand new at the end of this month. On May 23, sources say AT&T’s Voice over LTE (VoLTE) will go live in those two markets. This would utilize 4G LTE networks to make voice calls rather than older 2G and 3G networks.
This would make them the first carrier in the United States to have a VoLTE network operating. Verizon, on the other hand, has remained silent as to when its VoLTE network will go live. The Samsung Galaxy S 5 is reportedly ready to operate with AT&T’s VoLTE network. As early as the start of 2013, we have heard Samsung’s devices were being tested by the carrier.
AT&T has chosen Samsung devices to test its voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) service that is scheduled to arrive sometime this year. The Korean Company’s Galaxy line will be apart of the group of devices that are being tested for VoLTE. The service will allow for voice calling that enables clearer quality and faster connections over that of the exist 3G networks. Currently, LTE networks have only been able to support data transmission.
This would be a great move for Samsung as it would secure even more of a foothold in US markets. The company already released a VoLTE device in local markets run by SK Telecom Co. and LG Uplus Corp. This move should certainly help Samsung get a competitive edge over its competition.
source: The Korea Herald