Today, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray announced that the carrier is bringing new messaging capabilities on its Rich Communications Services (RCS) standard. The new service is called T-Mobile Advanced Messaging and will deliver messaging capabilities previously available only on third-party apps. Read more
Verizon 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
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
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.
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
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.