AT&T planning Voice-over-LTE launch this year

AT&T planning Voice-over-LTE launch this year
While AT&T keeps up a feverish pace to roll out LTE service across its network, the carrier seem intent on making voice-over-LTE, VoLTE, available in select markets this year.

VoLTE will mark the beginning of a new era in cellular communications, enabling virtually all activity on the network to be treated as IP traffic. Right now, the only service provider with VoLTE availability is MetroPCS.

Current hardware, while able to accommodate VoLTE, is not optimized too well for it, like LTE data itself, it heats up the CPU and bleeds juice out of the battery in the process. However, over a short period of time, performance improvements have already been seen.  There have also been some good developments with chipmakers in handling LTE and we are sure to see more advances before AT&T gives the go-ahead for VoLTE.

Since AT&T will not have its whole network covered with LTE by the end of the year, the carrier will be sure to incorporate specs that allow the handset to fallback to the traditional UMTS network when VoLTE is not available.

Which markets will get VoLTE first? That is yet to be determined, although AT&T’s president of network operations, Bill Smith noted that will be influenced in part by the marketing department. Suffice it to say, if you happen to live in a top-25 market, the chances are better than average in your favor.

source: Light Reading

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14 Comments

1. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Will this lead to no more minutes? and maybe we will have data-only plans!?!?!? :P

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"and maybe we will have data-only plans!?!?!?" Absolutely. Got to find some new way to rape the customer's wallet.

4. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I think its about to split companies again

5. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

one way to grasp money out customer. FYI, the average voice on data is 1mb/mins and can you image carrier offer plan like 300mb/$15 like ATT charge now and monthly you use like 1200mins. That's $60, the unlimited everything today on gophone is $50 . That's not include all social apps you are burning data on top of.

7. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

good thing I'm grandfathered into the "unlimited" plan :P

9. jcarrigan unregistered

verizon will find a way to jack up the price it its data only. the only carrier that could benefit from this is sprint with their untrhottled unlimited data, if only they could improve their signal everywhere.

2. MartianMe unregistered

I know right???....and how much would be monthly ? i hope cheaper but than again this is only ATT...

6. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Tiered data plans are already in effect for AT&T and Verizon. Your plans will start to eat data and cost more to the consumer in the long run. Why do you think that AT&T and Verizon eliminated unlimited data in lieu of tiered shared data. Don't for a minute think that it was because of band width. Verizon's VP Shammo said it in a stock holders conference call that When Voip is implemented Verizons 49% profits will be higher for obvious reasons. This means that shared tiered data will cost the consumer more when Voice and data travel over VOIP! It will be like getting in a cab here in NYC the meter will be running when texting calling, surfing, and down loading information from Google Play.

8. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Death of unlimited calling is nearby....

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Hmmm....maybe this is why Verizon keeps calling me to try to get me to dump my unlimited data plan for a Shared plan. I would save money.....between $40 and $100.....but I would also lose unlimited data.

11. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

maybe...just maybe, we will see the return of unlimited... maybe. but doubtful. one way they might do it is to give people two separate data accounts. one for minutes and one for data. this way if u use all your data surfing, you can stil call without getting overages. itll suck trying to ration.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...I think the question on most ppl's mind that has been keeping up with VoLTE is does it use our data plans. And if so how much. If I have unlimited talk....I had it before the Share plans.....I should have unlimited data to go with it if VoLTE uses our data plans. Its gonna be insane to have unlimited talk and tiered data plans.

13. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

It encompasses data, calling texting all over IP protocol. It is inevitable that it will cost more. When some one call it will be data usage when you text or download it will be data usage. Surfing the web will be data usage. Imagine a family of 4 talking, texting downloading, surfing the web listening to music or watching movies over VOIP.....it will cost them an arm and a leg when it is over. All of you guys that have been cheerleading Verizon,, and AT&T for getting their LTE coverage out so fast failed to notice that you are being pushed into plans that benefit you only today, and your tomorrow will cost you an arm a leg and maybe a kidney. This is a fact so before knocking me go research how the tiered data works and how VOIP will affect its cost. I bet if you asked Verizon or AT&T they will tell you that I am correct!

14. trexnkrumpets

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

everyone to mcdonalds to use their free wifi to save on minutes! lol

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