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.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Google Refocuses Daydream View Headset
Alongside the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google today introduced a new version of its Daydream View VR headset. Both new Pixel phones are Daydream-ready and function perfectly with the revised viewing hardware.
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.