Aug 26 AT 1:01 PM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

Verizon to launch VoLTE in coming weeks

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Smartphones may be able to do pretty much anything, but cellular phones originated for a very specific purpose: mobile voice communication. That’s funny because it’s a huge weakness of every cellphone out there. No matter what network you’re on, call quality is pretty crap these days compared to a Skype chat on a subpar Internet connection.

With the launch of LTE networks in the US, we started hearing about the magic of Voice over LTE, or VoLTE. Instead of handling voice calling the normal way – over the 2G network – voice calling will be done over the LTE data network. This provides a huge boost in call quality, thus spawning the name HD Voice.

After years of having an LTE network, Verizon has finally announced the launch of VoLTE in the next few weeks. They’re calling it Advanced Calling 1.0, which will not only include HD Voice but also video calling using the LTE network.

Your compatible device will need an over-the-air update to use HD Voice, and the recipient must also have an HD Voice-compatible device, but it’s the start of something great. The next step is getting rid of the 2G/3G hardware entirely and making LTE-only devices, though that’s even further off. What do you think of Verizon launching VoLTE? Are you excited? Leave a comment!

Via: Pocket Now

Source: Verizon

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • D

    “which will not only include HD Voice but also video calling using the LTE network.” … included in unlimited minutes packages? Or is this where the data tiers really start to pay off for VZW

    • Dima Aryeh

      Unfortunately it wasn’t mentioned, we shall have to see when that info is official.

  • BBO

    So will my calling now be charged with data rates? With or without video? Sounds cool

  • pekosROB

    Any current phones VoLTE ready?

    • Dima Aryeh

      While I haven’t seen an official list, I assume quite a few are as Verizon mentions updating existing devices to be compatible.

  • Tangent

    “The next step is getting rid of the 2G/3G hardware entirely and making LTE-only devices”

    When I got my M8 with Verizon they were giving away a free LTE-only tablet. While it works in most places, there are times that it can’t get a signal but my phone does just fine on 3G. For a freebie tablet that’s no big deal, but it would be extremely irritating if my phone had that limitation too.

    • Dima Aryeh

      At this point, agreed. But it would possibly allow them to reallocate current 2G/3G spectrum into LTE, providing far better coverage. That’s many years down the line (and it should be) but it’s an interesting thought.

  • FCC_GetVerizon

    I can’t wait till Sprint and T Mobile get 600 mghz spectrum so I can finally dump this dishonest and sleazy company. Not that Sprint and T Mobile have not been as bad, but having lost millions of customers they have learned something Verizon and ATT have not and that is you take advantage of your power in the marketplace and play your customers for fools at your peril, because I am one of many who are just waiting to take my premium accounts elsewhere ASAP.