Apple's iPhones already supported through hardware, software likely to come in iOS 8
Following recent announcements from AT&T and Verizon, the US' third-largest carrier has jumped on the Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) bandwagon, introducing VoLTE service in Seattle for select Android phone models. The technology allows for both very high-quality voice as well as LTE data speeds simultaneously during a call. Apple's iPhones already support the technology in hardware, but will need a software update likely coming in iOS 8, expected this fall.
National launch of Verizon VoLTE planned for rollout
Days after announcing its rebranded XLTE service, Verizon has revealed it will be bringing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) to its network later this year. Unlike AT&T's announcement for HD Voice last week, Verizon will skip the regional launches of its competitor, instead opting to make it available nationwide from launch, though the carrier has not indicated exactly when it will take place.
Southwest Airlines allows devices, Wi-Fi throughout flights
Southwest Airlines has joined a host of other airlines in allowing low-altitude electronics use during flights, following the FAA's recent rule changes. To counteract the delay in changing its policies, Southwest is claiming itself to be the first to offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi, via Row 44's satellite Internet service. In comparison, other airlines using systems such as Gogo's inflight Wi-Fi service have to wait until 10,000 feet to activate the service, due to the nature of air-to-ground connections.
Verizon LTE to go live in Alaska next month, VoLTE in 2014
Verizon is looking towards offering smartphones made to run just on a 4G LTE network when it introduces VoLTE. Comments made by Verizon chief network officer Nicki Palmer about the LTE-only smartphones come at the same time as the network effectively completes its initial LTE build-out, and activated 4G LTE in its 500th market.
Apple recruits with VoLTE-friendly IMS in mind
Multiple job listings at Apple this week have hinted that Apple is getting ready to support Voice over LTE, or VoLTE. Telephony software engineer positions ask for experience with IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), the foundation for VoLTE's purely Internet-based calling. They're also asked to know related technology, such as the common VoIP protocol SIP as well as real-time transport (RTP).
Commitment to VoLTE still there, but timing slips
MetroPCS will be adding Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services during the second half of this year. The flat-rate wireless provider's CEO, Roger Linquist, revealed this during his quarterly analyst conference call to discuss the company's most recent financial results. He indicated that the company plans on offering at least one phone capable of supporting VoLTE.
Verizon may push VoLTE service back to early 2013
Verizon may roll out Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) in early 2013. Citing industry sources, Light Reading Mobile claims that Verizonís VoLTE service will go live nationwide next year and that it has been successfully trialing an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based app in two markets. Verizon had originally hoped to launch the service in 2012, although if it begins its roll out before the end of the year, it may be in limited markets.
Carrier details transition to VoIP
MetroPCS has confirmed plans to transition to voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) communications early next year. During a conference call that focused on recent earnings, chief executive Roger Linquist suggested the company is already deploying technology that will be necessary to jump from a circuit-switched voice system to the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) technology.
Device follows LG Revolution's functionality
MetroPCS is reportedly set to introduce an HTC handset that supports Voice Over LTE functionality, according to GSM Association technology director Dan Warren. Additional details surrounding the mystery device have yet to surface, though the single known feature indicates the handset will support simultaneous use of the data network while a user is involved in a voice call.
LG Revolution confirmed as first VoLTE phone
Verizon's LG Revolution should be the first phone in the US to support Voice over LTE (VoLTE), the carrier's ecosystem development executive lead Brian Higgins said Tuesday. The device will be part of a larger rollout for voice on 4G across the network due to start in earnest in mid-year. The feature will let any compatible smartphone not only use VoIP as though it were regular cellular service but will be the first wide-scale instance in which Verizon users can call and use data at the same time.