Verizon on the verge of flipping the switch of its VoLTE service nationwide

Verizon on the verge of flipping the switch of its VoLTE service nationwide
Back in December last year, we heard that Verizon Wireless might be holding up on the release of a VoLTE (Voice over LTE) service until an undefined time period in 2014. As we are well into the second half of the year, it was high time that we heard something about any possible release date for Big Red's high-quality voice call goodness, and it appears that this might happen in the following weeks. Allegedly, Verizon is poised to launch its VoLTE service throughout the whole of the USA. When this happens, the carrier will begin to preload the VoLTE feature on the smartphones it normally offers, while users of supported devices will get the HD voice functionality via an update.

Two of Verizon's rivals, AT&T and T-Mobile, have already launched their own VoLTE services, and T-Mobile's one already has a nationwide coverage. Big Red is also prepping to launch its HD voice call across the whole country, thus aiming for the lion's share of the VoLTE market in the USA.

In order to benefit from Verizon's HD voice service, one will have to sport a VoLTE-enabled device. Naturally, these are all smartphones that allow you to hook up to the carrier's 4G network. What's more, Big Red's VoLTE calls will be interoperable, so that users will be able to make clearer voice calls with any counter-opposed HD Voice-compatible AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint device. As sound logic suggests, this is pretty crucial for the future development and wider adoption of the nifty technology.

As roughly 80% of all the traffic on Verizon's network is an LTE one, the carrier is planning to release an LTE-only device sometime in 2016. This would only happen once all of Verizon's services make use of its LTE network, mind you.

source: Engadget




Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

get ready for prices to sky rocket as well...

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I doubt handset prices will skyrocket - customers have their current phones, and it is not as if VZW is going to shut down CDMA. Service prices may rise, but again, only if customers switch phones to VoLTE-capable handsets. A greater concern for me is what happens to call quality when LTE bandwidth is constrained? VoIP call quality suffers with bandwidth limits. Is VoLTE going to have similar issues? I was an early adopter when VZW rolled out their LTE network. I am going to wait and see before taking the plunge on VoLTE.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The one reason why I like Verizon Wireless so much is that they learn from their mistakes. Their reputation is probably their biggest asset. They will only turn on VoLTE if it will not affect the customers in a negative way. They will test & test some more just to be 100% sure that they will be able turn on VoLTE with out any hitch. To me no one spends the type of money Verizon Wireless does on their network. Sure others have VoLTE but in small insignificant chunks. Once Verizon flips the switch they will be #1 in VoLTE... Why? Because they take their time to make sure everything is working optimally because their reputation is what matters the most to them. I have said this before & I will say it again... I will gladly pay Verizon's prices because they are the only carrier who puts in the money & the TLC to actually make a network that truly works & will do whatever to keep their reputation as America's BEST network coast to coast. Until someone actually steps up & beats Verizon at their own game, I will stay a Verizon customer, because what good is having the BEST mobile device if you are going to be on a sub-par/cheap network??

11. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

like the uncarrier network!

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Like every other carrier in the USA. +1

2. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

The best keeps getting better vzw ftw!

3. emcdonald75

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Does this mean that conference calling will be similar to GSM phone calls? I can manage the conference call by adding or dropping callers.

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1951; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'll be curious if VoLTE is any better than the regular voice line. I'm guessing this will not count against your data allowance?

9. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

That is my primary concern as well

6. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

I don't get the hype about volte.. Isn't it just a way for carriers to start charging for calls again?

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Make a call over LTE and HSPA+/CDMA. You'll definitely notice the difference, especially when HD Voice is available.

10. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

The quality now is perfectly fine for the small amount of calls I do. Just seems like a way for carriers to make us use our data

16. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yup, since most folks already get unlimited voice and text. It will start free, as usual, just like banks did with ATMS, now you have to pay a fee. Verizon is not going to invest money, unless there's money to be made.

13. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

While there's a defined protocol to hand a call off from LTE to GSM/UMTS, there isn't one from LTE to CDMA, a mobile standard that's not even able to handle voice and data at the same time. Or is there something special that VZW did to keep calls connected as one moves between areas of good and bad LTE coverage?

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Or is there something special that VZW did to keep calls connected as one moves between areas of good and bad LTE coverage?" Time will tell. Which is why I am not going to be an early adopter of VoLTE.

15. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

This could answer some pricing questions: Both HD Voice and Video calls are billed according to the customer's existing voice calling plan: •HD Voice calls are billed as minutes, like voice calls; no data charges apply •The audio portion of Video Calling is billed as a traditional voice call; Video portion is billed as data. ◦Note: Video usage over Wi-Fi does not incur data charges.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Video portion is billed as data." Ouch. That can get expensive, fast. Moral of story - if not on WiFi, don't use video calling. Video compression algorithms can reduce the impact, but still, video is data-intensive.

19. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

My thoughts exactly. I would just approach it the same as Skype.

18. Steven58

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009


20. thelasthallow

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

I dont know how they can do this because in my area of ohio there is a big black hole where verizon has some 3G but no 4G what so ever. and its even in a town with a decent population. as far as i can tell they have no plans on upgrading this area with 4G at all.

21. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Verizon's Windows 8 smart phones have missed the update to Windows 8.1. The Nokia CYAN update and the latest update that windows phones 8.1 microsoft has given out and I hear another one for Windows 8.1 smart phones is coming out THAT'S 4 MAJOR UPDATES. Maybe Verizon is doing this so they will give Windows smart phones VoLTE update with the Windows Phone 8 updates. US Windows phones 8 Verizon customers are PISSED what's up Verizon?. now I Know why Folks prefer the smart phone makers to update their smart phones instead of having their carriers do it

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