Voice Over LTE Spec Completed by VoLGA Forum
Today the VoLGA (Voice over LTE via Generic Acces) Forum released a completed set of technical specifications for Voice over Long Term Evolution. Having this specification is an important step, as it will allow mobile network operators to offer voice and SMS services on LTE networks. Heretofore, LTE only supported data services, which left operators seeking out a solution to provide voice services. Voice over LTE gives them that opportunity at little extra cost. The VoLGA Forum has 21 members, including network companies such as HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, ZTE, and Deutsch Telekom, Alcatel-Lucent and Nortel. The 3GPP is working on a competing standard, called CSFB, or Circuit Switched Fallback. CSFB would allow devices to revert to GSM or UMTS for incoming and outgoing voice calls.
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.
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.
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.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
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.
Isn't voice over LTE kinda the same as. . .