T-Mobile has lit up Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in Seattle, allowing those with certain smartphones to make voice calls routed over 4G and with the benefit of better quality. Currently supported on the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Light, T-Mobile's VoLTE follows AT&T's launch of its equivalent service earlier this month, though only on a single phone.
XLTE is nice, but VoLTE is the next revolution in carrier coverage and reliability. Verizon was first to announce they’d be on-board with VoLTE, but AT&T beat them to the punch this week, rolling out their VoLTE network in two markets. Not backing down, Verizon plans to roll their VoLTE coverage out soon.
The team responsible for letting the world know about HD Voice with AT&T (aka VoLTE) have made a surprisingly simple case of it. They’ve suggested that upgrading to HD Voice - or High-definition Voice, if you prefer - is like trading your low-def television from the 1980s in for an HD TV from our modern market. You’ll never want to go back, they say.
AT&T will no longer offer per-minute billing plans to most of its new customers, reports the Wall Street Journal. Following the industry trend towards unlimited talk time and texts, the company will only offer one per-minute plan, a meager 450 minutes per month for about $40, plus extra for texts and data. It will focus most of its revenue efforts on data plans, thus joining Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile in the trend.
4G carrier EE has announced plans to double the speed of its UK LTE network, taking peak downloads to as much as 80Mbps+ in ten locations by summer 2013. The "turbocharged 4G" trial - which, if successful, will see the network boost rolled out to all across EE's service - should see an average download rate per user of 20Mbps, the carrier says, and is part of a number of enhancements EE plans for its service in the near future.
AT&T will enable HD Voice for the iPhone 5 later in 2013, slamming T-Mobile USA's exclusive on the high-quality voice call system in the process, execs at the carrier have confirmed. News of the incipient tech turn-on came on Monday, with AT&T senior VP Kris Rinne revealing that the network sees HD Voice as "part of our voice over LTE strategy," AllThingsD reports.
Samsung has begun pushing out Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE, the 4G-enabled version of its stylus-toting tablet, complete with simultaneous voice and data support over LTE. The new update - which will initially be pushed out across three South Korean carriers - adds VoLTE support to the tablet, in addition to the niceties the newer version of Android delivers, and Samsung's own tweaks such as Multi-Window.
MetroPCS has announced that it is now offering for sale the world's first commercially available voice over LTE service and compatible 4G LTE smartphone. The smartphone in question is the LG Connect 4G Android device, and it is available in select MetroPCS stores around the country. The wireless carrier says it will continue to roll out VoLTE service and additional handsets in the coming weeks.