MetroPCS Launches World's First VoLTE Service
MetroPCS today announced that it has become the first carrier in the world to launch Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service, and started selling the world's first commercially-available VoLTE phone, an updated version of the LG Connect, which first went on sale in March. MetroPCS plans to start selling additional VoLTE-capable phones in the coming weeks. According to a spokesperson, the company has not yet determined whether existing Connect phones will be upgraded to support VoLTE, and there are "no plans" to offer VoLTE upgrades for other already-released LTE phones. All previous 4G LTE phones must rely on 3G or 2G networks for voice calls, requiring two overlapping networks for full service, one for voice and one for data. The launch of VoLTE permits 4G-only voice and data, paving the way for the eventual sunset of 2G and 3G networks. In MetroPCS' case, it will allow the company to shut down its CDMA network sooner. LTE is more efficient than CDMA, and running two networks adds its own inefficiencies. Therefore an accelerated move to 4G LTE-only service will allow MetroPCS to make better use of its licensed radio spectrum. Earlier today, two Korean carriers announced plans to launch VoLTE tomorrow. With this announcement, MetroPCS beat them to the world-first title by just a few hours.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Verizon Updates LG G3 with VoLTE
Verizon Wireless announced an over-the-air software update should hit the LG G3 beginning today that adds VoLTE capabilities. VoLTE passes voice calls over Verizon's LTE data network rather than its voice network.
AT&T, Verizon Intercarrier VoLTE Launch Target Comes and Goes
AT&T and Verizon Wireless are still working to launch support for intercarrier VoLTE, despite missing the initial target. The companies expected to allow one another's customers to connect VoLTE calls between them before the end of 2015.
AT&T Expands VoLTE Footprint
AT&T today said its VoLTE service is now available in a wider number of markets around the country. AT&T first deployed VoLTE in a limited number of midwestern cities earlier this year.
Verizon, AT&T Working On Intercarrier VoLTE
Verizon Wireless and AT&T today said the companies are working together to make interoperable VoLTE calls a reality. Both carriers offer VoLTE to their subscribers, but those calls can only pass between two VoLTE-enabled devices covered by an LTE network run by the same carrier.
Just goes to show you how nice (albeit sometimes unfair) capitalism can be
This is what I love so much about competitive industries! Little guys like Metro-PCS dropping VoLTE ...
...Hell even US Cellular beat everyone else to full
Even with VoLTE, voice calls will still be billed as voice.
Gotta give them props