Verizon has delightful news for its subscribers who have just bought their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The carrier has officially activated its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service for the newest version of Apple's immensely popular flagship smartphone. Now, Verizon users will now be able to surf the Internet and actively use apps while making calls. That is, if they do not mind multi-tasking.
This is certainly a welcome development for iPhone owners who have been begging for a way to talk on the devices at the same time access data. Aside from the simultaneous calls and data use, Verizon also has a new Advanced Calling 1.0 upgrade that lets iPhone owners experience HD Voice.
With this particular upgrade, audio is run on frequencies that are more suited for human voices. Furthermore, the audio samples used are twice that of a normal call in order to better transmit the nuances of the voice call recipient on the other end of the line.
The upgrade is completely free of charge for Verizon subscribers -- they can readily avail of it as long as their devices support the feature. However, for HD Voice to really work, both the devices involved (i.e. the caller's and recipient's) must support it. As of now, only the new iPhones, Samsung's Galaxy S5, and LG's G2 are the only smartphones that do.
And another thing -- both parties must be under Verizon's LTE network. For example, if you are calling somebody who is on Sprint, you will just be making a normal call, not HD Voice.
Owners of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus can check for themselves if their device has already been set to support simultaneous voice and data use. To do this, just go to the iPhone settings app, go to Cellular, enable LTE, and make sure Voice & Data is checked, not Data Only.
To check if you are ready to use HD Voice, users can load their My Verizon page, and go to the Change Features section. Make sure HD Voice is already added, and then add it to your line before restarting the iPhone.
Verizon has stated that HD Voice will cost the same amount as standard calls, while video calls will be treated as normal data. One minute of video call is estimated to consume 6 to 8 megabytes.
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