Verizon announces VoLTE rollout for later this year, iOS 8 expected to support it

By , May 20, 2014

iPhone 4S Verizon LTE

Verizon Wireless has announced the roll out of its Voice over LTE technology – better known as VoLTE – will begin across the US later this year.

The new technology will move Verizon’s LTE service past data and will offer an HD Voice experience, using the AMR-wideband standard. “This solution provides the best voice quality available now and allows for future interoperability with others using the standard,” Verizon claims. 

Smartphones will need to be updated to take advantage of the VoLTE feature in the coming months. It’s expected iOS 8, Apple’s next version of its mobile software on track for a September launch, will support Verizon’s new standard for better voice calling. For a customer to make or receive a VoLTE call, both parties must have VoLTE-enabled devices and be in an area where VoLTE is available. VoLTE can place phone calls and load data simultaneously.

Verizon further announced VoLTE will offer video calling options, including the ability to change their calls instantly from voice-only to voice and video.

AT&T announced last week that it’s introducing its own version of HD Voice to select markets starting May 23 on a voice-over-LTE network. Apple has claimed in the past that its iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s support HD Voice out of the box. T-Mobile’s HD voice solution is supported, as well.

[9to5mac]

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  • sflomenb

    So this would or would not work with my iPhone 5s?

    • Sachin

      It is going to support as far as it is software based enhancement.

      • sflomenb

        Awesome, thank you!

  • TM

    What current phones would support this?

    • ✯Mike✯

      Not many android phones. Barely any phones support it besides the 5th and newer generation iPhones.

      • TM

        Sweet. Thank you.

  • Matt

    Me – I don’t wanna loose my jailbrek
    My inner self – NO Matt, you must stay strong and resist updating (when It comes out)

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      What actually happens:

      *Covers eyes with hands*
      *Blindly pushes buttons on computer*
      *Updates iPhone*
      *Asks how can I downgrade (you can’t)*
      *Doesn’t believe it and goes in search of a downgrade via Google*
      *Gets Malware*
      *Nukes harddrive*

      • Matt

        Yeah that happened to me on iOS 6 except the malware part he he
        I’ll make sure not to make that mistake again

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    ios6

    • ✯Mike✯

      No iOS supports it as of now.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        that was for the picture.

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    battery life?

    • ✯Mike✯

      Wont make any difference

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        looking for a more technical answer regarding bands and % loss due to data vs voice

      • ✯Mike✯

        There won’t be a battery life change that would be noticeable. Regular voice calls use more battery then 4G so I would assume that battery life would increase

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        No…it’s the other way around…

  • Chris Tangler

    All i want is to use data at the same time im on a phone call!!! AT&T has it, why cant verizon!!

  • Alnando Espaillat

    It would sound like FaceTime audio! I just discovered that not too long ago!

    • Rowan09

      FaceTime audio is great, I was using it while in Jamaica WI.

  • Donovan

    “VoLTE can place phone calls and load data simultaneously.”

    Wait, what’s so special about this? I can even do this on 2G and what not.
    Like, make a phone call and google all the stuff i want. I probably misunderstood. But if I didn’t, what?

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