It’s been in the works for a while now, and it seems Verizon is finally ready to release it. The company has launched Advanced Calling 1.0, or Big Red’s version of VoLTE (Voice over LTE). This allows you to make calls over your data network, providing HD voice quality and allowing for video calls without any third party apps.
To use Advanced Calling 1.0, you’ll need to go through a few steps. First, you’ll need a fully updated Samsung Galaxy S5 or LG G2, as those are the only two devices currently supported. Updates went out for both devices recently to prepare them for this. Then you’ll need to go to the Advanced Calling website and enable the feature on your plan. Next, enable the feature in settings under Networks, and you’re good to go.
With everything done, you should be able to call people that also have a supported device and have it enabled, though we doubt that’ll be many people at first. You’ll have a group in your dialer to show you who can accept HD calls. And when calling, you’ll see two extra buttons for enabling your camera.
For those worried about using up your data, voice calls over LTE will be billed as standard minutes. Video calls will still cost you data, but you won’t have to worry about data overages chatting with friends.
While it’s not a very useful feature at the moment, as support is so limited, it’ll grow and become the standard over time. Voice calling has long needed an upgrade and I’m glad to see it’s finally getting it. How many of you can actually make an HD voice call? Leave a comment!