AT&T Says It has More Than 27 Million VoLTE Subscribers, Does Carrier-to-Carrier VoLTE Exchange

AT&T announced today that its voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service is king, at least in terms of subscribers. According to their numbers, their VoLTE covers more than 295 million Americans, even if only 27 million of them are actual signed up for it, which is tops in the US. That’s a lot! Good for them.

There may be bigger news than numbers out of this announcement, though, and that’s a two-sentence, end-of-paragraph mention in their news release about carrier-to-carrier VoLTE exchanges.  (more…)

AT&T Launches Advanced Messaging and Video Calling

This morning, AT&T announced that it has added Advanced Messaging and Video Calling to its Rich Communication Services (RCS) platform. The new additions join Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), HD Voice, WiFi Calling, and NymberSync.

With Advanced Messaging, users can send larger files (up to 10MB), but will also know when messages are delivered, read, and when someone is typing a reply. It’s basically a more robust texting experience that you already get through other messaging platforms.  (more…)

Tip: Simultaneous Voice and Data Now Works on Nexus 6 With Verizon

Now that Android 5.1 is out and Verizon is officially selling the Nexus 6, we thought we should revisit a pain point that early Nexus 6 adopters had while using the phone on Big Red’s air waves – missing simultaneous voice and data. As it turns out, the 5.1 update may have fixed this even without Verizon issuing their VoLTE service, known as Advanced Calling 1.0.  (more…)

Latest DROID Turbo Update Isn’t Lollipop After All, Just a VoLTE Fixer

Back in late January, Motorola issued soak test invites to DROID Turbo owners who were interested in testing out a new software update. At the time, we just assumed that it would be Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” because well, the phone feels long overdue for its update to the newest version of Android. Then weeks went by and our readers still hadn’t received the update. That seemed like good news, because Lollipop is buggy and maybe pointed toward Motorola still polishing things up. And then yesterday, the update started rolling out. To say that folks are a little disappointed, is probably an understatement.  (more…)

DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Receive Update With Advanced Calling 1.0 Fixes

The 2013 DROID family – MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini – is receiving an update today from Verizon to version 24.3.7. The update does one thing, so I hope it does it well. The only item listed on the changelog says that this update brings bug fixes and stability improvements to VoLTE, which Verizon calls Advanced Calling 1.0.

These three devices were some of the first to receive VoLTE with HD Voice and video calling, so I can imagine that early adopters who have been able to use the service will appreciate the fixes.  (more…)

DROID Turbo Update Adds Advanced Calling 1.0, Verizon’s Version of VoLTE (Updated)

Update:  It’s confirmed. The soak toast began rolling out and Verizon posted the official changelog for build 21.44.8 – the update is for VoLTE and Advanced Calling 1.0. If you were hoping for Lollipop, continue hoping. You can find the full changelog below.

Yesterday, a number of readers tipped us to an impending update for the DROID Turbo that was kicking off through Motorola’s Feedback Network. We speculated yesterday that the update would include both Advanced Calling 1.0 (VoLTE and HD Voice) and Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” According to readers participating in a test of the update through Motorola, we may only see one of those – Advanced Calling 1.0.  (more…)