New iPhone owners on Verizon’s network don’t just get the latest hardware Apple has to offer. After years of having to choose between voice calls and surfing the web, they can do both thanks to support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE): The carrier has quickly added the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to its list of Advanced Calling 1.0 phones according to MacRumors.
That means the new [company]Apple[/company] iPhones — as well as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2 — can send voice calls over the [company]Verizon[/company] LTE data network. Since the voice calling is simply another form of data, customers can continue to surf the web while on a VoLTE call. Additionally, when both callers are on VoLTE, the sound quality is improved through HD Voice which uses a wideband audio codec for better sound.
Verizon first announced its Advanced Calling 1.0 rollout last month for saying it would be available in the coming weeks. The timing coincided nicely with the new iPhone launch on September 19 and know we know why. Record pre-orders and high demand for the iPhone 6 combined with Verizon’s effort to expand LTE capacity make for a fast, widespread rollout of VoLTE.
Note that there is an iOS 8 setting to use VoLTE on the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
To make sure it’s enabled, taps Settings, Cellular, Enable LTE. There you’ll see three options: Off, Voice & Data, and Data Only. Choose the middle option and you’re good to go for VoLTE, HD Voice and Video Calling on Verizon’s LTE network.