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T-Mobile on a Roll, Updating Galaxy Note 3 and G Flex for All VoLTE Markets, Galaxy S5 as Well

If you thought that T-Mobile was done making moves after its event last night, you would be wrong. T-Mobile is looking to continue to impress people with the roll-out of their VoLTE service to more markets around the country, assuming those people have devices that are ready to take advantage of it. Starting today, updates are coming to devices like the G Flex, Note 3, and Galaxy S5 with support for all of the new markets. 

Previous to today’s updates, the LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 already had VoLTE functionality, but it was limited to the Seattle and San Francisco markets. Those two phones will be receiving new updates to enable VoLTE in all markets where it is already live. As if that wasn’t good enough news, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be receiving an update today as well to bring its VoLTE capabilities online in all of the markets.

If you need a refresher on what markets T-Mobile has covered in VoLTE, they’re listed below and at this post:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Long Island
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New England
  • New Jersey
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington D.C.

Impressed by the moves that T-Mobile has been making these past 24 hours?

Via: T-Mobile [2] [3]
  • Andrew Shannon

    Question: How can i tell that VoLTE is working on my S5? i updated to ANF6, but i
    dont see any new settings for VoLTE, does it just work, there are no
    settings for it? Is my only indication that i still have an LTE icon in
    my status bar while i am on a call?

  • milatocutie

    this is what im doing through kies so far i havent seen an update on my cell itself through tmobile

  • milatocutie

    i have the galaxy note 3, i see the update firmware. but everytime i try and update it it zips like its doing nothing and never updates my phone even though its showing im behind firmware wise any ideas ?

  • Desmond Abrams

    Quick question I have a Samsung Note 3 SM-SM900t Rooted so I cant get the update. Any Ideas on how I can get this update?

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  • Brian Perez

    Ugh. How about thé Sony experia z1s

  • Defenestratus

    FYI The update to the Note 3 brought with it Download Booster. Did for me anyways. And a visual refresh on the status bar icons…

  • Bill Anderson

    Just moved from Portland to Bend and had to switch from T-Mo as I only get Edge coverage anywhere outside the city core. That’s what they need to fix.

  • Enjoying it right now in the. ATX

  • Paul Hansen

    If you’re not in these markets you can always load the update from Kies. There is much more than just the VoLTE support in the update for the Samsung devices.

  • Will this do anything to remedy T-Mobile’s signal strength indoors? I tried out Tmo a few weeks backs in San Francisco and went from LTE outside to Edge inside.

    • Tee

      They have WiFi calling/texting for situations like that.

    • bkosh84

      You can get a signal booster (a true signal booster, not one that connects through your wifi) from them for free to put in your house.

      • Kyle

        how would I go about this?

        • AngryBadger

          pulled this from their support site… gonna try contacting them tomorrow:

        • AngryBadger

          I finished my call, I have a booster en route. Free for duration of my time with T-mobile. 20 day test period, if it doesn’t work it can be shipped back free of charge; else return shipping fee is on customer.

          • Kyle

            thanks for replying, I’ll be looking into this over the weekend. what are the qualifications needed to get one?

          • AngryBadger

            need to be able to pull one bar of service (believe he said one bar of lte, of course reconfirm with tech). if you get zero service, this product can’t help.

          • Kyle

            I get no lte and 1-2 bars of hspa+ so I’m hoping this thing will help me out, only downside to the nexus devices is they can’t take advantage of T-Mobiles wifi calling/texting

          • AngryBadger

            Agree on the wifi part. Good luck, hope it works out.

      • AngryBadger

        that’s great. because purchasing it direct from manufacturer is $575… whoa.

    • sagisarius

      This, no. Other changes, maybe. I can tell they’re reallocating spectrum in my area because all of the sudden the signal started getting weak all over. Guess I need to switch to an LTE phone.

  • AngryBadger

    Well, hopefully next Nexus/Silver phone supports all this new stuff.

  • Cael

    I wonder how Verizon is gonna handle this. I should call and complain and find out. LMAO

  • Disqus_n00b

    “New England” you mean Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont?? I see a lot of 2G still..

  • George

    The good news keeps coming with TMO. Note 3 in Portland. Seattle got it so hopefully we’ll get it down here soon. This on the way and good chances of getting Google Fiber are making P town the place to be.

  • Devin C

    I’m a little confused.. I live in Dallas & have a Galaxy note 3.. I have had HD voice calls with my two friends on t-mobile for a while now. They have the S5 & 5S. What is the difference between this and VOLTE?

    • Paul Hansen

      Lte will stay connected while you’re on a call rather than falling back to HSPA while you’re in a call.

  • sagisarius

    So what’s the deal with the Nexus 5? Is VoLTE implementation something generic that can just be baked into android, or is there some proprietary thing carriers are adding onto the phone for it?

    • monkeyboyep

      I assume it’s all firmware as long as the chip inside the phone supports it. And I’d also assume the Nexus 5 should get it considering it uses the same Snap 800 chip as the Flex.

      Did some digging and basically no one has explained it other than it’s voice calling over an LTE connection. – Thanks Captain Obvious.

      • sagisarius

        Yeah, as far as I can tell all that VoLTE is… is some kind of souped up VOIP meant for LTE connections and how they function. Maybe with priority or something for emergency calls.

  • Neil Fujiwara

    Has anyone done a speed test for T Mobile vs Verizon in LA after both companies did their upgrades.

    • Pdiddy187

      I tested my N5 in Westwood (indoors) this morning. T-Mo

      • Tee

        Nexus 5 isn’t VoLTE compatible at the moment from what I understand, so I don’t think your test really shows us anything…

        • Ian

          A speed test will always show nothing relating to VoLTE but it will show the effects of Tmo wideband LTE which I’m sure the N5 is capable of handling.

    • OMJ

      In LTE areas TMobile has always destroyed Verizon’s speeds. Just that there are not nearly as many LTE areas.

      • Neil Fujiwara

        Is it the technology or the fact that Verizon has more customers saturating the bandwidth?

        • OMJ

          Its been like that since I switched to Tmobile last year. Always triple the download and double the upload at least.

        • Ian

          the latter i believe

        • Paul Hansen

          A bit of both. Tmo network is a bit more modern so it has more capacity and it is also under less load.

      • You obviously haven’t tested out Verizon since they deployed their AWS.

        • OMJ

          We use Verizon phones at my office. So yes I have

  • RobJBR

    So…Nexus 5…yes, no?

    • T4rd

      Doubt it since it doesn’t even get WiFi calling.

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  • Stephen

    Well, I’m in new jersey (northern Middlesex County) I have the g flex. Got an update yesterday to my phone. Switched to lte only mode. Tried to receive a call and it went straight to voicemail. So volte is not live in all of new Jersey.

  • Bryan Mills

    Meanwhile at Verizon…

    • Neil Fujiwara

      Brought XLTE to a lot of markets.

      • Bryan Mills

        LOL yeah, nothing new.

        • 100Mbps+ is nothing new? Isn’t this exactly what T-Mobile just announced?

          • bakgwailo

            No, T-Mobile just announced VoLTE. TMobile has had 2×20 LTE for awhile, and I believe already has some 2×40. So, yeah, “XLTE” is nothing new and really just a marketing gimmick.

    • Kelly OBrien