Verizon promised that when it rolled out their Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, there would be a “robust” lineup of devices that could use the service. Yet now that Verizon has officially begun to roll out their VoLTE service (called “Advanced Calling 1.0”), customers are only given two choices that are capable of using the VoLTE service: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2.
Even though a number of different Verizon devices are capable of supporting VoLTE through a software update, Verizon has not said which devices will get the update to enable VoLTE. Additionally, those with VoLTE can only experience the service if they are speaking to another who is on a VoLTE-enabled Verizon smartphone.
According to Fierce Wireless, Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis told them that “the list of supported devices will grow over time through software updates and new devices, too.”
With Advanced Calling 1.0, customers will be able to place HD Voice calls, 1-way or 2-way video calls and use voice/data services at the same time. Verizon is not currently charging customers any amount to enable and use their VoLTE service other than warning customers that video calls on VoLTE can consume data quickly and therefore get you closer to your data cap.
- AT&T offers VoLTE only on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and only in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
- T-Mobile offers VoLTE on the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Light and Note 3 and the LG G Flex.
- Sprint has not announced when they will launch VoLTE.