The Big Red has quietly debuted its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service for its prepaid customers. Verizon Wireless is branding the service as HD Voice, and basically it allows prepaid customers of the biggest mobile operator in the United States to utilize data while on a voice call, to complete one or two way video calls, and to enjoy access to to six way conference calls. Verizon’s HD Voice promises better audio reception and is capable of being accessed over Wi-Fi calling.
T-Mobile has announced the launch of its Enhanced Voice Services (EVS), in a clear effort to further enhance customer experience, especially with regards to the quality of voice calls. Although EVS is still as of now a patent pending piece of voice technology, the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States obviously views EVS as its next step after its current Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, now serving as the backbone supporting over 50 percent of all voice calls made by subscribers of T-Mobile.
Top quality Voice over LTE (VoLTE) phone calls are not exactly new -- as a matter of fact, a number of wireless carriers based in the United States already have this capability. But these existing services are not that practical yet because they are mainly only made possible between subscribers from the same mobile service provider.
The LG G3 Vigor is no longer just your typical LG Android smartphone. It has now become the first ever smartphone in Canada to support Voice over LTE (VoLTE), a type of communications technology that facilitates voice calls as well as video calls on the same network that is used to transmit data.
Rogers Communications, a wireless carrier based in Canada, made the announcement just recently that it has already started selling the LG G3 Vigor. The device is basically offered free with select two year service contracts.
As for those who are not too enthusiastic about committing to any two year service contract, they can opt to purchase the LG G3 Vigor outright by paying the full retail price of $299.
Not content with watching all the major wireless carriers in the United States deploy their own HD Voice and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology, regional carrier US Cellular has finally decided to join in on the fun.
As reported by Fierce Wireless, the fifth biggest wireless carrier in America is planning to start testing VoLTE in few selected markets in 2015. Ken Meyers, the chief executive officer of US Cellular, has confirmed this during the recent Citi 2015 Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference held at Las Vegas, Nevada.
AT&T first launched its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service about seven months ago, but now the carrier is expanding its reach by adding 18 new markets for its VoLTE and HD Voice offerings.
The list of new markets include District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The good news is that this is just the beginning. AT&T's target is to transition every consumer to VoLTE. That would be easier said than done for sure, considering the tons of networks that need to be set up and the hardware that needs to be deployed. But AT&T is positive about the outcome, and early signs of success are certainly visible.
Since Verizon Wireless activated its 4G service back in 2010, it has already launched a couple of distinct LTE networks. But now, it looks like the carrier is preparing to launch a third one.
While the first two LTE networks are utilizing virgin airwaves, the new network will instead be making use of the Verizon's old CDMA EV-DO systems for PCS spectrum. This could mean the slow and inevitable extinction of 3G.
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.
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