MetroPCS, the sixth largest wireless carrier in the US by number of current subscribers, has recently announced the launch of the “world’s first” commercial VoLTE network. For the time being, the only VoLTE capable handset is a modified version of the LG Connect 4G, but MetroPCS has promised to bring more VoLTE compatible smartphones to their offerings in the following weeks.
Note that Sotuh Korea’s SK Telecom made a similar announcement just yesterday. The Koreans said that they would offer a VoLTE service starting today, so MetroPCS’s “world’s first” claim should be taken with a grain of salt.
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As smartphones evolve and gain better processors, bigger displays, and faster wireless connectivity, one wonders what technology can offer to improve the quality of voice calls, an aspect that carriers don’t seem to consider a top priority. Answering the challenge, SK Telecom, South Korea’s biggest telecommunication provider, is set to be the first carrier in the world to offer HD Voice service over LTE for its 4 million LTE subscribers.
The HD Voice service will be launched tomorrow on August 8, with Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE becoming the first handset to make use of SK’s HD Voice technology. Running on an IP-based network and using high-quality audio [...]
The HD Voice technology promises to make phone conversations crystal clear, and the HTC EVO 4G LTE was one of the very first phones to support it, at least in America. But you need a carrier to support it as well, and although Sprint promised tp make it available later this year, the phone itself launched without that functionality working.
Sprint is saying again that the feature will be supported by the end of the year, but there’s just one other problem. If you want to experience phone conversations in HD voice, both the caller and the receiver need to have phones that support this feature. Since the HTC EVO 4G LTE is the only one [...]