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Verizon Starts VoLTE Roll-Out; Wi-Fi Calling on Deck for 2015

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Sep 17, 2014, 1:09 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Verizon Wireless has slowly begun to enable VoLTE on select devices on its network. To start, VoLTE is available to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3. In order to use the service, subscribers need to download an app called Advanced Calling 1.0. More devices will supported over time. In order for VoLTE to work, both parties need to have VoLTE-capable phones and access to Verizon's LTE 4G network. The service, which is free to use, offers high-quality calls that are passed over the data network rather than the traditional voice network. Separately, Verizon Wireless said that, like AT&T, it is going to wait until 2015 to launch Wi-Fi Calling. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said it will eventually roll out the service, which is supported by the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but it is not a priority. "We built our voice platform so extensively [that] there was never a need for us to tell our customers, 'Oh, our network is not good enough so you need to go on Wi-Fi to complete your call,'" said Shammo. Both Sprint and T-Mobile offer Wi-Fi Calling to a growing number of handsets. T-Mobile just today launched its Personal CellSpot in order to help its customers experience better voice connectivity when in their homes.

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dougm

Sep 19, 2014, 1:26 PM
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Voice Platform

{ "We built our voice platform so extensively [that] there was never a need for us to tell our customers, 'Oh, our network is not good enough so you need to go on Wi-Fi to complete your call,'" said Shammo..}

Yeah, the same voice platform that is so unpleasant that I'd rather listen to nails on a chalkboard rather than have a call from a Verizon customer.

Earlier today, one of my friends called me on my work landline, and he's on Verizon. His voice had this awful screeching compression to it, it was dreadful. It was like his voice was compressed, then compressed again, and then processed through a low bandpass filter to cut out all the depth and low frequencies of his voice. Just completely terrible call quality.

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Jarahawk

Sep 17, 2014, 6:45 PM

Arrogant....

...pr*ck.

When T-Mobile wants to take the burden off its network their network is inferior. When Verizon decides it wants to do the same (and make no mistake about it---they will) it will be because they want to enhance the user experience for all of their customers or some other such rubbish. BURN Evil Red BURN!
if they count this towards your data using your miniscule data package they offer at a terrible price too.
He can be whatever you want, but he's Damn right...
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No its not arrogance. Its because they don't need it.
dr.mordin

Sep 17, 2014, 8:52 PM

VaporAnnounce

Is it just me, or do Verizon and AT&T's announcements that WI-FI calling won't be until 2015 sound like vaporware to anyone else?
Yes it does to me also. AT&T and Verizon just don't want to admit that there networks don' work everywhere. It's physically impossible to have your cellphone work everywhere. But Wifi can be implemented anywhere. Wifi calling is not only good for usin...
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andy2373

Sep 17, 2014, 2:08 PM

VoLTE Between carriers

Will HD calling work between carriers? Or will each carrier's HD calling only work within it's own network? 😕
From my conversation with a Verizon engineer, it's going to be cross-carrier; at least that's the goal.
At first it will be only on the same carrier. I'm sure connection deals need to be worked out or some standard for it.

VoLTE sounds the most exciting since it will also bring native video calling between Verizon phones. T-Mobile already has VoLTE a...
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