Verizon begins Advanced Calling 1.0 (aka VoLTE HD voice and video calling)

Verizon begins Advanced Calling 1.0 (aka VoLTE HD voice and video calling)
The plans have been in the works for a while, but Verizon is finally ready to upgrade its wireless network to handle voice over LTE (VoLTE) complete with HD voice and video calling. Verizon made the announcement today, and is calling the upgrade Advanced Calling 1.0. Unfortunately, while the features are turned on throughout the entire network, it will only work on certain phones.

When you click on the "compatible phones" list on Verizon's website, the only devices shown are the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3, but the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are expected to join that list soon enough. But, any device that supports VoLTE should be able to get the advanced features, though you may need to tweak your settings and turn on VoLTE calling. 

Once that is done, you'll get the HD voice and video calling, but there are still some questions left unanswered about the program. The number one issue that needs an answer is whether or not the data usage from VoLTE will count against your cap. This is a thorny issue, because counting against the cap could add up quickly, and Verizon charges a lot for data. But, if it doesn't count towards your cap, it raises Net Neutrality issues. 

source: Verizon

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19 Comments

1. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

What's the point of having volte and video calling if they count the usage toward data cap? Typical Verizon.

2. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

I think they won't count the Volte against the data cap because I'm on T-Mobile although I have Unlimited data they don't count Volte against my data, but for the video calling i think there's a strong possibility that they will.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, I'm leery of a changeover like this, since I don't know how beneficial VoLTE can really be. The major long term benefit is once the LTE network is completely built out and most everyone is on phones that do VOLTE they can start putting out phones that only have LTE radios, which should help with battery life.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

VoLTE is absolutely amazing. I seriously can't stress the difference between that and carrying a call over the old network.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Don't both ends of the call have to be on VoLTE to get the benefits (HD calling)?

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yup...... but wifi caling over a computer or skype (or any other chat app/ service) is that. so yea.......

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I suspect there is some way to differentiate VoLTE and SMS data from everything else. Otherwise, the present plans (unlimited voice & SMS with buckets of data) are going get hammered real quick.

5. verizonalways1515

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

The voice calls will not count against your data however the video calling will.

6. aspleme

Posts: 30; Member since: May 18, 2014

It shouldn't lead to net neutrality issues... texts are... data. Phone calls are also data. Whether a signal is digital or analogue shouldn't make a difference. At any rate, since net neutrality doesn't have us up in arms for text messages counting as texts, which actually cost a lot more for people who pay for them than the data of 140 bytes would... why should it raise issues with phone calls being treated the same way?

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

kuz of evil greedy ppl in the world, basicly

7. ember_season

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

What was already mentioned has been confirmed by Verizon that only video calling will count against data while voice calls will count towards your minute plan.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Which makes sense unless there was a way to determine how much data a minute of calling uses. Then they'd also have to up the data tiers to account for it. As far as Net Neutrality, I thought that only had to do with giving some sites preferential treatment in regards to data speeds, like a fast lane for data. Sorry, I haven't read much about it.

13. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

dont believe that for a second

14. brucegatl

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

just FYI - the Verizon site lists the LG G2 as compatible rather than the G3

15. rshanberg unregistered

From the FAQ page: How much does Advanced Calling 1.0 cost? Advanced Calling 1.0 service is available at no additional charge. HD Voice is included in existing plans. HD Voice calls are billed as standard voice calls according to your plan. No data charges apply. A video call is an HD Voice call combined with real-time video. The voice portion is billed as a standard voice call, according to your plan. The video portion is billed as data, according to your data plan. No data charges apply to video calls transmitted over Wi-Fi. Note: An average 1-minute video call uses about 6 - 8 MB of data. The actual data consumption of your video call may vary. You can estimate your data usage using our online Data Usage Calculator.

16. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Rshanberg, great journalism!

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I've been around long enough to know. Initially, everything is going to be peachy. Voice and maybe video, all included, just to suck you in, and then the deadly strike of the cobra. Just as they did with ATMs, everything was free, until they sold it to the consumer. You see, everyone's plans now have unlimited voice and text, that well is dry. They had to come up with a new plan to squeeze more money out us.

18. Steven58

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

Newsflash: Verizon already said it doesn't count against your data. *sigh*

19. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

As long as they stay true to their word that would be great if it does not cause me to have to worry about data charges when I am using the VoLTE service for my device.

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