AT&T & Verizon have agreed that they will soon offer VoLTE interoperability.
Verizon will roll out their VoLTE service later this fall, and the 2nd generation Motorola Moto X will be one of the first to use it. Advanced Calling 1.0 is the name of the service, including VoLTE, HD Voice calling and more.
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.