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Verizon Already Testing VoLTE Service in Two Markets, Nationwide Rollout Happens in Early 2013?

According to Catharine Trebnick of Northland Capital Markets who spoke with Light Reading, Verizon is already testing VoLTE (voice over LTE) in two markets and has plans for a nationwide rollout in early 2013. VoLTE is the future of LTE, which is a technology that allows users to place calls over the “web” or via data rather than through traditional 3G lines. The quality of calls is theoretically better and you can simultaneously use voice and data without needing an extra 3G radio. Also, things like video chatting become simple as they can be performed through a user’s phone number rather than a stand-alone service like Skype.

A nationwide rollout in 2013 does make sense, as Verizon’s current plan is to have LTE in every location that they have 3G by that time. Whether or not we see VoLTE service before then is anyone’s guess.

Via:  Light Reading, VZBuzz


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  • Corymcnutt

    Does that mean if LTE goes down we can’t make phone calls?  I hope LTE is more stable by then!

  • “VoLTE is the future of LTE, which is a technology that allows users to place calls over the “web” or via data rather than through traditional 3G lines.”

    Wait, are you serious? You’re calling it the “future”, when LTE was designed from scratch with this in mind?

    I mean, uh, how do I put it… LTE is basically 4G of the GSM family, and GSM’s 3G protocol family does exactly that: handles all voice calls using TCP/IP. LTE is naturally able to do the same, because it provides the same TCP/IP connectivity that WCDMA does. Take any GSM LTE phone, and it will place calls over LTE out of the box (where 4G is available).

  • Droiiiiid

    so since these phones won’t need 2 separate radios, does this mean that battery life will increase tremendously?  Or am I missing something?

    • Jon H

      It should. 4G by itself is quite a bit more efficient.

  • Tru2040

    SOPA… with web calls…privacy goodbye… can you put 2 and 2 together
    sounds like the plan all along

    • Droid-Life has a history of not quite being able to talk about stuff using proper terminology, and of being extremely frivolous with their allegories and simplifications.

      These aren’t “web calls”; “web” is the World Wide Web driven by the HTTP protocol. Voice calls over LTE are placed over a separate sub-channel, with added encryption (which is better than what CDMA provides, by the way), and using own protocols (definitely not HTTP).

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t have an issue using LTE for voice calls, however I think its ignorant to replace the CDMA network with it. Verizon is known in the US for the most reliable voice network by far. I think one of the main reasons is they seperate their data network from their voice network. 3G is so widespread that I’m betting more than 99% of the time customers are using data on 3G. That leaves the CDMA 1x network dedicated to strictly voice calls. I had ATT a few years ago and couldn’t keep a call reliably to save my life, probably due to the fact they use 3G, which is already oversaturated, for voice calls as well. If Verizon can pull off making their LTE network just as reliable as their CDMA and EVDO networks, then I’m all for it. I just don’t think CDMA is going anywhere anytime soon.

    • First, AT&T uses GSM 2G and 3G. Unlike CDMA 3G handsets, all 3G GSM devices can use whichever network (2G or 3G) is available, and voice calls placed over 3G get realtime/mission critical priority over any data flows.
      You’re also forgetting that the only difference between voice over data and voice over “traditional” 2G is the last mile, from the user’s mobile phone to the cell tower. All towers use TCP/IP for further communication, and voice is always prioritised.

      As for “replacing”, I think it should be possible to design a transceiver (and there probably already are such transceivers) that can, like all GSM transceivers on the market, choose 2G, 3G, or 4G based on availability and signal strength.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Isn’t Republic wireless allready doing this using Sprints Network?

  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope not!! Being as last month we had 3 major LTE outages and countless minor ones.

  • Anonymous

    theyve been rolling this plan out for a while now havent they?

    1. tier data
    2. roll out lte and upgrade current customers to it by advancing their upgrade
    3. roll out volte and watch data overages skyrocket without the customer realizing whats going on.

    • I’m on 3G GSM. My phone uses WCDMA data to transfer all voice calls. My carrier charges $0.20 *per megabyte* of mobile data. I haven’t ever seen a bill that would mention data charges from voice call-related data transfers.

      Because, you know what, they’re separate. In a different sub-channel. Not on the same PPP line that gets its traffic accounted for mobile data usage metrics.

  • victor manso

    I used voice over LTE here in Miami quality of call is excellent no complains

  • vaglvr

    i think they should concentrate on having a reliable 4g data network first. yes i said it. 

    • KevinC

      yeah, because a huge corporation can’t handle working on more than one thing at the same time.

      some of you people have no business knowledge whatsoever.

      • Shane_cone

        When they can’t work on one thing and keepp it up and running for more than a month no they can’t work on more than one thing at a time

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        While I generally agree with your statement, Verizon’s track record has actually demonstrated quite differently.

  • Anonymous

    I hope this will eventually eliminate the need to purchase minutes when you sign up for a smartphone plan, since it could just be a part of the data price, considering I already don’t talk much on my phone. But knowing Verizon, they’ll probably just keep the plans the same price, regardless.

    • Highwire

      Actually whenever they give us new things, its like a license to charge us more. So prices staying the same is doubtful.

    • I’m tired of explaining this.

      Voice calls will not use any of the data volume that is related to your data plan.

      Voice calls use a different sub-channel, and data used by voice calls is NOT considered mobile data usage.

  • guest

    now we know why their 4g went down

  • Anonymous

    Verizon is VERY hard at work on VoLTE….

    • Pink

      Zep knows all…without you where would be?

    • Yeah. Because they need to, like, just enable it. That’s all. The LTE towers support it out of the box.

      P.S. Well, okay, they need to join LTE towers’ voice data flow with their 2G CDMA network’s flow, which probably requires a lot of processing to translate the protocols into each other.

  • Lmrojas

    Will current LTE phones have acess to that network or will we need a new LTE Chip?

    • Anonymous

      New ones knowing VZW

    • Corymcnutt

      A new one from what I have read…

  • Anonymous

    Does it require different hardware? (Phone end?)

    • Anonymous

      The bread and butter of the wireless communications industry, planned obsolescence. 

      I wouldn’t think so, or I definitely hope not, seeing as it’s LTE just with the added ability to carry voice signals.

      • It’s not an “added ability”, it’s an innate feature of LTE that was there ever since the standard was drafted.

        • Anonymous

          Seeing as how it is not in operation, it would most certainly be an added ability to consumers when it goes live.

          • The only reason for that is that VZW uses CDMA, and not GSM, and needs to implement gateways between their GSM cell stations (that which run LTE) and CDMA.

    • Anonymous

      If the Revolution was able to do VOLTE during a test demo, I would think all the 4G phones would have this capability.

      • David Bullock

        I wonder if one of the markets is San Diego.  I was out grabbing a bite at a drive through while I was on a conference call yesterday.  I was defnitely not on Wifi, and I was getting emails and google voice messages on my Droid Bionic on 4G _while_ I was on the call.  My replies were going out and people were writing back.  I was baffled.

        • Anonymous

          Well 4g will work while talking since they are 2 different radios. When VOLTE comes, 3g/CDMA radios will go away and you will just have 4g. Battery life should be better too.

        • Jon H

          This is what happens when you watch too many AT&T commercials. Verizon handsets can do voice and data simultaneously just fine, as long as you have 4G.

  • hmmm…that sounds like it will suck up 2gigs of data in a very short time.

  • Dan

    Hopefully battery tech catches up by then

    • Jon H

      4G uses less battery and will be much more efficient without the 3G radio running concurrently.

  • Butters619

    Wait until they throttle your phone call

    • Oz0ne

      This is a ridiculous statement.  I am tremendously sorry you’re butt hurt.

    • You should read up on what QoS is.

  • DaveTea

    But I thought their network was pushed to the limit by all those evil people that actually use data on their phone?!?!

  • Bionic

    II just wonder how it effects people who have limited data plans?

    • Anonymous

      VoIP requires minimal amount of data, something like 234 Kb per minute of talk.

      • Bionic

        True. But he mentioned native voice chat which would be a lot more data.

      • Every single 3G GSM carrier transfers voice calls over WCDMA data channels.
        Not a single 3G GSM carrier charges customers for data used by voice calls.
        They are separate. Voice traffic is not accounted. At all.

    • Josh Allen

      Won’t be an issue. They will revamp their programs to mirror the new tech.

    • NOT. IN. ANY. WAY.

      It is not accounted for.

      Mobile data and voice calls go over DIFFERENT sub-channels. Period.

  • is this already available on the Galaxy Nexus?

    • Anonymous

      GrooveIP, its well under way already. It makes me want a data only plan.

      • “Data only” won’t work.

        Voice calls and text messages are transferred via the data channels, sure, but it’s done separately from “regular” mobile data, over another sub-channel.

        • Anonymous

          Groove IP is actually 100% done over data. You can use it on a not activated phone that uses only wifi.

          • Are you sure that Groove IP you are talking about is provided by the carrier, and not some third party?

            Because I was perfectly sure we were discussing voice call service provided by the carrier over their cellular network, not some common third party VoIP software that can be used anywhere with IP connectivity.

            As for regular VoIP, you cannot guarantee quality over non-prioritised data channels.

          • Anonymous

            That is exactly not what I’m saying. Just saying there are apps out there that use the LTE data network and make calls. As far as quality, never had an issue, dropped a call, or had anyone question the clarity. 

          • That app uses IP networks. It’s irrelevant; I can use VoIP software over my 3G connection just as well (10Mbps down and 4Mbps up is perfectly enough for VoIP).

            Sure, using a smartphone on a data-only plan with some VoIP service might seem a good idea… until you get to the shady area called “roaming”. Roaming data costs much more than roaming voice.

    • Lmrojas

      No your nexus is already outdated