Verizon begins Advanced Calling 1.0 (aka VoLTE HD voice and video calling)
posted by Michael H. / Sep 15, 2014, 8:42 PM
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.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
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.
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What's the point of having volte and video calling if they count the usage toward data cap? Typical Verizon.
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 9:05 PM 2
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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.
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 9:17 PM 2
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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.
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 9:18 PM 0
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VoLTE is absolutely amazing. I seriously can't stress the difference between that and carrying a call over the old network.
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 9:20 PM 0
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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?
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 9:25 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 9:47 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 11:24 PM 0
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.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 6:23 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 2:07 PM 0
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