Verizon rolled out VoLTE service to those using the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2.
Sprint has 16 million customers with access to HD voice services.
Verizon’s VoLTE launch will be nationwide.
T-Mobile also revealed that they have achieved their mid-year coverage goal of expanding its LTE footprint with 230 million people covered by its LTE network by the end of this month.
As of June 2014, there were only 8 VoLTE commercial services worldwide although it is expected that there will be thirty additional commercial VoLTE networks launched in 2014-2015 and a total of 1.5 billion mVoIP subscribers worldwide in 2013.
Now, Verizon is telling people that its soon-to-be released voice-over-LTE service will immediately offer features such as video calling. Recently, AT&T’s VoLTE service went live only in Chicago and Minneapolis for just the Galaxy S4 mini. Although HD voice calling is included, other features will be released in the future.
AT&T could be the first big carrier to flick the switch on a VoLTE service in the United States, with the first markets set to receive it being Minneapolis and Chicago.
This leads to a few interesting questions, notably what will happen with data plan pricing. As Verizon transitions into a full LTE network, their legacy technology will be updated. Once this transition is complete, those traditional channels for making calls will no longer be viable, and we’ll be entirely reliant on data.
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) aims to provide the ability to handle cellular voice calls over LTE. In this post, we take a look at how VoLTE works and how it will affect consumers in the coming years.
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo recently revealed that Verizon VoLTE devices will be available later this year, with rollout of a VoLTE network starting in early 2014. While the service will, of course, be limited at first, it’s an important step toward full integration.