News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday May 20, 2014.
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Perhaps feeling the heat of AT&T and Sprint launching HD Voice in recent weeks, Verizon has put out another announcement that it will deliver its own implementation of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the "next few months." The announcement is absent any important details such as market availability, device compatibility, or quantifiable improvements the new calling standard will offer. All Verizon will say is that it's coming and it will use the AMR-wideband standard as a way to ensure great quality and the ability to operate with others that use the standard.
Verizon's message is more of an indirect explanation of why the company has taken so long to deliver VoLTE. Through originally expected launch earlier this year, and previously floated as launching in 2013, Verizon will not route calls over its 4G LTE network until later this summer. However, the company has been focused on a more widespread launch than a small handful of markets. Verizon says it will deliver an over-the-air update to several handsets in order to enable VoLTE, though it doesn't specify which devices will be updated. The company also promises:
"Verizon's VoLTE will also offer video calling options, including making and receiving video calls directly from contact lists. 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 roll-out 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."source: Verizon Wireless
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