Video and HD Voice over LTE on the way to Verizon in the “coming weeks”

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Credit: Verizon

Calls on the Verizon network are about to sound clearer and work with video over the company’s LTE network. The carrier said on Tuesday that HD Voice and video calls on LTE will arrive in the “coming weeks.” Verizon has dubbed the new VoLTE services Advanced Calling 1.0.

Verizon Video Call

To get the most benefit, customers on both sides of the voice or video conversation will need to be [company]Verizon[/company] subscribers, on the Verizon network and have phones capable of supporting VoLTE. Verizon hasn’t specified which phones will be the first to use Advanced Calling 1.0; I’d guess the list will be mainly comprised of higher-end, recent devices such as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. It’s possible that the [company]Apple[/company] iPhone 6 will also work with VoLTE but it’s not likely when the device launches. Verizon can add Advanced Calling 1.0 to a phone via software updates.

It sounds like Verizon will make it easy to see if your contacts can use Advanced Calling 1.0 features:

“Video Calling is simplified when using VoLTE technology.  The contact list in the phone clearly shows, with a video camera icon next to the name, who can receive a Video Call, and a tap or two on the phone starts the call so you can speak to friends and family face-to-face.  Customers control Video Calls, easily switching to a voice-only call from a Video Call and back with a tap on the phone.  The audio portion of a Video Call is delivered in HD Voice.”

HD Voice uses advanced audio codecs with wide-band audio and typically sounds much richer and clearer than traditional cellular voice calls. [company]T-Mobile[/company] has already rolled out VoLTE with HD Voice nationwide — only on a few handsets, however — and [company]Sprint[/company] also offers HD Voice service. [company]AT&T[/company] started its VoLTE service rollout in May on a single handset in just a few markets.

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Uttam Pegu

Wow! voLTE could be used for live streaming of rock concert to a friend! Wondering if Advanced calling 1.0 does support conference call ?

Marat

Skype, Tango, Hangouts all provide a cross-network, cross-platform interoperability while Verizon is only locked within its own LTE network.
By the way PC World says voice calls count against your voice bucket while video calls use up data allowance.

johhny

right now most verizon customers have unlimited talk/text and limited data. is the VoLTE going to consume the data from my plan just like imessages did or its still going to count as part of unlimited calls?

Kevin C. Tofel

Verizon hasn’t shared those details yet so it’s possible that it does count against a data cap. Obviously, we’re all hoping it doesn’t. ;)

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