T-Mobile VoLTE has Gone Live in Seattle

Begun, the VoLTE wars have. A few days after Verizon announced its VoLTE intentions and AT&T flipped the switch on VoLTE in a few cities, T-Mobile has made an advancement of its own. Starting today, T-Mobile customers who own a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or LG G Flex can take advantage of VoLTE in Seattle, Washington.

VoLTE dramatically improves the quality of voice during phone calls. It also has the added benefit of letting you use LTE data while on call. Plus, T-Mobile says, call setup times are almost twice as fast as non-VoLTE calls (for whatever that’s worth).  (more…)

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and LG Flex Get Updates That Turn on VoLTE

T-Mobile just announced that they are turning on VoLTE in Seattle. To make sure that they have phones which can take advantage of the new Voice-over-LTE feature, they are issuing updates to both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G Flex.

The updates appear to be minor, with each only listing that they are flipping the switch on VoLTE for Seattle.

The G Flex’s new software version will be D95920m. The Galaxy Note 3 will be on N900TUVUDNE6 following the update.  (more…)

Verizon Makes VoLTE Plans Official, Arrives Nationwide in “Next Few Months”

Verizon has officially announced plans for the rollout of their new VoLTE (voice over LTE) service. It’s not happening tomorrow or next week, though, so try to contain yourself. We are looking at time frames of “next few months” and “later this year.” In other words, it could be end of summer or in the fall or early winter or December. OK, so VoLTE is coming this year, but we still don’t know exactly when. Great.  (more…)

Report: AT&T to Launch VoLTE May 23, First Markets Are Chicago and Minneapolis

According to sources of Engadget, AT&T is looking to beat Verizon to the VoLTE (Voice over LTE) punch. Both companies have been building up their LTE networks in America over the past couple of years, with each being essentially done with the initial process.

From what sources state, AT&T is ready to flip the VoLTE switch, with the service being turned on in two markets, Chicago and Minneapolis, on May 23. A separate report out of GigaOm stated back in March that AT&T had also lit up its first LTE-Advanced markets, with the Galaxy S5 being the first publicly available phone capable of handling the new speeds.  (more…)

AT&T Expects First VoLTE Device Later This Year, Service Rollout Sometime in 2014

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Speaking at a wireless infrastructure conference, AT&T’s president of Labs announced that he thinks the wireless carrier could have themselves a VoLTE compatible device by the end of this year, with VoLTE service popping up sometime in 2014. Not that its appearance will be widespread for users, but that general testing and rollout will begin around that timespan. This development is right on the heels of Verizon’s same announcement that took place back in August(more…)

Verizon CFO Lays Out Verizon’s VoLTE Roadmap

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During a chat at the Oppenheimer Technology, Internet and Communications Conference, Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo laid out Verizon’s roadmap for VoLTE, devices that will run on VoLTE, and how the new wireless tech could potentially impact prices of phones. As has been stated in the past, VoLTE will launch in the first half of 2014, now that Verizon has mostly completed their initial LTE rollout(more…)

Verizon’s First LTE-Only Phones to Launch Late Next Year, Along With VoLTE

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Verizon’s completion of their 4G LTE rollout means big things for next year’s roadmap, according to a recent discussion with the carrier’s Chief Network Operator, Nicki Palmer. Shooting for a time frame of late 2014, Verizon intends to launch its first line of LTE-only devices, capable of handling simultaneous voice and data through a single radio, something that Verizon’s users have been without for some time.  (more…)