Verizon Wireless' VoLTE Service Tiptoes Closer to Launch
August 26, 2014 3:21 PM
Verizon Wireless will kick off its service "in the coming weeks"
Two weeks ago, we touched on Verizon Wireless’ plans to bring Voice over LTE (VoLTE) to its network during the fourth quarter.
Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo made the announcement
during remarks at an investor conference, stating, “For us, when we launch a new technology, we have to make sure our quality is strong because the CDMA network was so strong. We don't go before we know it's ready."
Today, the company made those plans official, stating that it will open up VoLTE on its cellular network “in the coming weeks.” Verizon Wireless calls this initiative
Advanced Calling 1.0
, and it will encompass both HD Voice and video calling with supported smartphones.
As can be expected with a first generation solution, phone calls using HD Voice and video calls will only be available to those with VoLTE capable smartphones in a Verizon Wireless LTE coverage area. In addition, both the initiator of the call and the receiving party will have to meet all criteria before taking advantage of VoLTE features.
Verizon Wireless states that upgrading existing LTE-equipped smartphones to become VoLTE capable can be accomplished with a simple software update, but the company has not yet stated which products in its existing product portfolio will receive the update.
It should be noted that both AT&T (in limited markets) and T-Mobile (nationwide) have rolled out their own VoLTE services. Unfortunately, for now, each carrier’s VoLTE services are incompatible with each other, which means that it’ll probably still take us a few more years before we’re able to make HD Voice and video calls a common occurrence during our daily activities (that’s if we can all stop texting and actually use the our smartphones to
people in the first place…).
"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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