MetroPCS Claims to Be First to Offer Voice Over LTE
If You Consider One Phone in One Store to be a Launch
MetroPCS today claimed
that they're the first carrier in the world to start offering voice services over LTE. The deployment doesn't appear to be particularly robust; MetroPCS says they're selling the VoLTE-capable LG Connect 4G at "one of the company's Dallas/Fort Worth store locations," with actual VoLTE services arriving "in the coming weeks." While companies like AT&T and Verizon may be offering LTE data services, voice services are still running over their older HSPA and EVDO networks. As we noted
yesterday, both telcos are expected launch HD voice over LTE services, with the higher-definition services going mainstream in 2013. Meanwhile, T-Mobile appears to be hiring a VoLTE specialist
if any of our readers are interested.