Verizon rolling out Voice over LTE in 2013

January 19, 2012
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New reports have recently appeared regarding Verizon and their VoLTE services. What this offers is voice over their 4G LTE networks, something that currently isn't available. Verizon's ever expanding 4G LTE network is for data only and all voice calls are placed on their extremely wide 3G cellular networks.

According to Light Reading, not only is Verizon set to rollout VoLTE late this year and into 2013, but they are currently running trials in two major cities. VoLTE will enable the simultaneous usage of voice and data, instead of just one or the other. No doubt you've seen the AT&T commercials knocking Verizon for not allowing both at the same time for true multi-tasking. With VoLTE users will have blazing fast data speeds, but also have full voice at the same time. No more missing emails while on a phone call.

It's worth noting that Verizon 4G LTE phones such as the Thunderbolt have been using both simultaneously since it was launched. Getting data from LTE and voice over 3G. With VoLTE Verizon will be able to offer simultaneous voice and data both specifically with their 4G LTE networks -- alleviating some of the pressure on the 3G networks. For now we don't have any firm details but it appears Verizon is working hard currently testing VoLTE and will possibly be rolling this out in late 2012 and early 2013.

[via vzbuzz]


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  • dwinsmith

    Voice does not and has never used 3G on Verizon. It uses the 2G 1x network. If you have a 3G phone you will notice that the 3G symbol disappears during your call because it is not being used.

    • Obi5683

      ^This, and all LTE phones are capable of voice and data while on 4G.

  • dwinsmith

    Voice does not and has never used 3G on Verizon. It uses the 2G 1x network. If you have a 3G phone you will notice that the 3G symbol disappears during your call because it is not being used.