Telecom Companies Intro SMS and Voice-Over-LTE Solution
Today a number of global telecom companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson, introduced a new standards based solution for voice and SMS services over Long Term Evolution. The One Voice initiative is a 3GPP-compliant technical standard that uses IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) technology to allow for voice and SMS traffic to transit LTE wireless networks. The companies involved believe this solution permits for the widest compatibility for wireless network operators, telecom equipment makers, and handset makers. It also ensures world-wide roaming over LTE networks. This new specification competes with two other proposed specs, including the one introduced by VoLGA (Voice over LTE via Generic Acces) Forum and the 3GPP's own Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB). 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.
Nokia to Buy Alcatel-Lucent, Mulling Options for HERE Maps
Nokia today said it has agreed to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion. The combined companies would be a giant in the telecom equipment space with more than 100,000 employees.
Google Voice Now Supports MMS on Select Networks
Google has enabled MMS within Google Voice on more than 100 networks in North America, including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. Google Voice was previously limited to sending and receiving only SMS messages.
Europe and Korea Look to Define 5G
The European Commission and South Korea today announced plans to together define the future 5G wireless standard, as well as develop the technologies to support it. The two bodies signed a Joint Declaration on Strategic Cooperation in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and 5G to increase the discussions and research around the topic.
Verizon Prepaid Customers Gain HD Voice
Verizon Wireless today said its prepaid subscribers will have access to VoLTE services, including HD Voice and video calls, starting September 25. Prepaid customers will need to add HD Voice to their account before they can make HD calls, but the add-on will be free.
Wait...that wouldn't be smart for CellCo's...they would rather it take me two text to send a message instead of one...