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MetroPCS Claims to Be First to Offer Voice Over LTE
If You Consider One Phone in One Store to be a Launch
by Karl Bode 08:28AM Thursday Aug 09 2012
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.

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Rob
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If You Consider One Phone in One Store to be a Launch

"If You Consider One Phone in One Store to be a Launch". Why not? The other carriers would advertise too. In fact, I could see AT&T now.. "The LARGEST Voice over LTE Network in the U.S.**"

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Re: If You Consider One Phone in One Store to be a Launch

It's a launch, doesn't matter if it's only one market, what else would you call it? If their selling it to customers in the store it's not a test or a beta.

I give MetroPCS credit for getting to both LTE and VoLTE before any of the other big guys. I know MetroPCS's LTE speeds aren't what most people would call 4G, but that's a spectrum deal.

For a smaller company to be able to take on the technicail challenges of launching LTE or VoLTE before bigger competitors is a technical accomplishment and some praise is deserved.

michieru
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!

It's a step in the right direction for them considering the limited spectrum they have. Now they must incorporate the following capability in all their handsets by the end of the year to see a better migration towards 4G services.
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voice over EVDO ?

said by karl :
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.
Correct me if I'm wrong here, but that should say 'voice services are still running over older GSM/HSPA and 1x networks'. EVDO does not handle voice services.

bobjohnson
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Re: voice over EVDO ?

The phones that can talk and surf at the same time are using SV-DO which is still 1x voice so you are correct.
tmc8080

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irrelevant..

since their prices went higher-- for phones & service, they've become irrelevant to the market.
25139889

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Re: irrelevant..

So its irrelevant like all the "news" about Sprint fighting against the SpectrumCo / CellCo deal? Since the only way it harms them is they won't lower their prices- just like their cried with TMO-USA / at&t Mobility deal. And after that failed- Sprint went out and RAISED their prices.

aaronwt
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HD Voice???

Who created that name? I thought it was just VoLTE?

verizonltda

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Re: HD Voice???

VoLTE can do HD voice.

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said by aaronwt:

Who created that name? I thought it was just VoLTE?

Sprint is calling their service HD voice... But that's not VoLTE, it's 1x advanced with a higher bitrate and has nothing to do with what Metro is doing.

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Re: HD Voice???

said by bobjohnson:

said by aaronwt:

Who created that name? I thought it was just VoLTE?

Sprint is calling their service HD voice... But that's not VoLTE, it's 1x advanced with a higher bitrate and has nothing to do with what Metro is doing.

Yep most people don't understand how low the bitrates for standard mobile voice is. The fact is 10,000 minutes uses up less than 1 GB of data. This is why Verizon and at&T can offer unlimited minutes on their new Share plans. Also shows how much ungodly profit these companies have been making on voice calls for years now.

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The Problem with MetroPCS

Is that Metro tends to get the old models,but most of the issues those phones got corrected were never fix. My old indulge fried 3 times and after that i got mad and I left Metro . Lets just hope they fix the LTE chips before they keep frying your phone.