Verizon Wireless to launch VoLTE

In the coming weeks, Verizon Wireless customers can do HD Voice and Video Calling, thanks to VoLTE.

This means their wireless experience will be tightly integrated with their 4G LTE smartphones. VoLTE, or Voice over LTE, is the latest emerging wireless technology and this will change how customers use their smartphones to make calls.

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 and Video Calling work only when both people are in the Verizon 4G LTE coverage area and are using VoLTE-enabled smartphones from Verizon. The calling experience customers know today remains the same if one Verizon customer uses a VoLTE-enabled phone and the other doesn’t, or if a customer with a Verizon smartphone calls a customer of another carrier or a landline phone.

As part of the VoLTE video calling experience, customers have the ability to change their calls instantly from voice-only to voice and video. The rollout also sets the stage for future enhancements through Rich Communications Services (RCS), which enable things like including large file transfer, more robust group messaging, and more location sharing.
VoLTE is a standards-based solution that fundamentally changes the way Verizon will carry voice traffic on its network.  It is an emerging technology that will work best with scale. Advanced Calling will be available across the nation’s largest 4G LTE network on a number of devices that will become VoLTE-capable with a simple software update.

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