AT&T's VoLTE Deployment Looks To Be Delayed
One of the more notable benefits of faster LTE speeds was supposed to be the higher quality phone call audio made possible by VoLTE, though carrier interoperability and battery/performance problems appear to have hindered deployments on numerous fronts. AT&T, who originally stated they'd be launching the service in some capacity by late last year
, this week admitted that their deployment of VoLTE would be delayed
. AT&T's offering now timeline now for when the improved voice quality platform will reach consumers, though they claim the project is in "the final stages of optimization." Verizon has also seen several delays in implementation.
Re: Kind Of Sorry Except they're not. They're discovering the hard way that LTE does not have the same reach as IS-2000/EVDO. Drive down a rural interstate that has LTE overlaid on every existing tower and observe how your phone drops to EVDO in the fringe areas. They will have to increase cell site density to match the existing footprint, which is something they're working on, but they're no where near ready to release LTE only phones. The first VoLTE devices will invariably rely on handoffs to IS-2000 for voice coverage in these areas.
said by MovieLover76:That's Apple's stupidity, don't blame Verizon for it. My Moto X seems to handle simultaneous IS-2000/LTE without undue battery drain.
and limitations like new iphones which still can't do voice and data at the same time due to apple's decisions about battery life.
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said by MovieLover76:Verizon and Sprint (2 CDMA carriers) have both upgraded to SVDO, or Simultaneous Voice and EV-DO data. Obviously phone dependent, but I use data and talk simultaneously on my Galaxy S3 on Verizon all the time when on 3G.
Yea Verizon and Sprint customer's are the ones most screwed by the delay as they require always on 3G and LTE connections to do data and voice at the same time. Though Sprint customer's are screwed just by the nature of being sprint customer's lol and I don't think their VoLTE plans are very aggressive if even fully baked.
As a GSM user VoLTE isn't all that important to me, falling back to hspa+ is not a big deal , CDMA needs to die though.
I'm prepaid so I'm on mvno's AT&T or T-mobile depending on my mood, I have developed a habit of mvno hopping to the best deal.
I was a verizon customer and I honestly never thought the inability to do voice and data at the same time was a big deal, until smartphones got better and I moved to GSM and learned how useful the feature was.