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Verizon iPhone 6, 6 Plus work with VoLTE: HD Voice, can talk and surf

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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.

The new iPhone 6 is displayed during an Apple special event.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The new iPhone 6 is displayed during an Apple special event. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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.

Voice and data iOS 8

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.

6 Responses to “Verizon iPhone 6, 6 Plus work with VoLTE: HD Voice, can talk and surf”

  1. Not true. According to Apple the 5c and 5s do have volte capabilities. Tmobile is already set to include it on their network. Confirmed with tmobile rep who sent me a list of upcoming devices tmobile will turn on for volte.

    • Here’s the official word from Verizon:

      “Advanced Calling 1.0 service is available at no additional charge.

      HD Voice is included in existing plans. HD Voice calls are billed as standard voice calls according to your plan. No data charges apply.

      A video call is an HD Voice call combined with real-time video. The voice portion is billed as a standard voice call, according to your plan. The video portion is billed as data, according to your data plan. No data charges apply to video calls transmitted over Wi-Fi.

      Note: An average 1-minute video call uses about 6 – 8 MB of data. The actual data consumption of your video call may vary. You can estimate your data usage using our online Data Usage Calculator.”

      • But buried in its Frequently Asked Questions: VoLTE

        HD Voice call > bill as voice calls
        Video call > bill as voice calls and data
        Over WiFi > bill as voice calls

        Wide eye open!
        Problems with this:
        – VoLTE calls violate the ideals of net neutrality.
        – Illegal Double billing
        – Video Interoperability issues