AT&T to Begin HD Voice Deployment This Year
AT&T senior VP Kris Rinne indicated today at a speaking engagement that AT&T will begin to deploy HD Voice later this year. "HD Voice is part of our voice over LTE strategy," said Rinne to an audience at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit. HD Voice improves the quality of voice calls. Sprint has deployed several HD Voice-capable devices, and T-Mobile USA recently announced that its version of the Apple iPhone will be able to conduct HD Voice calls. Rinne didn't say when HD Voice would go live, nor which devices would be able to use the service.
Google Voice Gains New Lease On Life with Massive Overhaul
Google today introduced a wholly new version of Google Voice for Android, iOS, and the web. The calling, voicemail, and messaging platform has been overhauled from the ground up with a new design, new features, and a fresh commitment from Google to keep the service updated.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
Cricket Wireless Debuts HD Voice for Select Phones
Cricket Wireless recently added HD Voice to its service offering. HD Voice, which requires both the caller and receiver to have compatible devices connected to Cricket's LTE network, delivers significantly improved voice clarity.
T-Mobile Announces Native Video Calling Service
T-Mobile today announced T-Mobile Video Calling, a service that works with the native phone dialer of select handsets without requiring special apps. Like VoLTE and HD Voice, T-Mobile Video Calling can move easily between LTE and WiFi with no dropped video.
Verizon to Bring VoLTE to Prepaid Later this Year
Verizon Wireless plans to give its prepaid subscribers access to VoLTE services, including HD Voice and video calls in the near future. Prepaid customers will need to add HD Voice to their account before they can make HD calls, but the add-on will be free.