Verizon Recommits to VoLTE Rollout This Year
Verizon Wireless today said it will officially rollout VoLTE services "later this year." Verizon originally committed to launching VoLTE by the end of 2013, but then delayed the launch for reasons unknown. Though Verizon Wireless did not say exactly when VoLTE will finally get off the ground, it did share a few more details about what consumers can expect. For example, Verizon's VoLTE service will include HD Voice, just as AT&T's VoLTE service will. Verizon said it will have a solid lineup of VoLTE-capable devices when the service goes live, and that other handsets can be VoLTE-enabled through a software update. Verizon pointed out that both handsets must be VoLTE-capable for HD Voice calls to work. Further, Verizon's VoLTE will power instantaneous voice-only to voice-and-video calls in the middle of conversations. Last, Verizon will include other Rich Communications Services, such as larger file transfers, more reliable group messaging, and better location sharing. Verizon didn't say which devices will be VoLTE-ready at launch, nor if it will launch in just a few markets - as AT&T is on May 23 - or if it will roll out VoLTE on a grander scale from the beginning. VoLTE represents the next-generation of voice services via mobile networks.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
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.
Verizon Says VoLTE to Launch in Coming Weeks
Verizon Wireless today announced the pending launch of its delayed VoLTE service. The service will go live in the coming weeks, and will allow select devices to connect HD Voice calls and Video Calls.
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.
VoLTE HD voice between carriers
Needed this last year
I have been several a VZW subscriber for fourteen years now and it's akin to being in a loveless marriage. I find myself making excuses as to why I stay. Three unlimited data plans is all I've got left.