Verizon is about to add another card to its deck - at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, the carrier intends to announce VoLTE, which will enable voice calls to be routed over their fancy new LTE network. This opens the door for simultaneous voice and data usage, a feature AT&T customers have been bragging about for ages now. Additional benefits include superior call quality between VoLTE-enabled phones, though legacy 3G users will be left behind with no improved call clarity. Also in tow is video and text over LTE, with Verizon and Skype partnering up to provide conference calling opportunity to users.

Despite the soon-to-launch HTC Thunderbolt having the capability for simultaneous voice and data usage over 3G, Verizon won't be pushing the feature as a major selling point until the launch of the LG Revolution, which will be VoLTE's first inductee. No word yet on pricing - hopefully we'll find out more about that at MWC in Spain.

Source: CNN via Phandroid

  • J

    To get nit-picky technical, I believe there is a flaw in this article.

    "This opens the door for simultaneous voice and data usage"

    Technically, using VoLTE, there is NO voice component - it would be using 2 different data streams at the same time. Making a call while surfing the net, for example, would be the same as listening to streaming music while surfing the net.
    This would be even more evident when you step out of a 4G coverage area. From what I've read, the phone would revert back to the traditional CDMA radio to make/complete the call. At this point, you are back to Voice & Data streams. At which point, unless it has the work-around that the Thunderbolt has, you won't be able to do both at the same time. And even if it has the needed chip, that wouldn't be VoLTE enabling the voice/data combination.

    Just saying...

  • Paul

    Nice. Hopefully G722/wideband codec will be used for their VoLTE calls. Gonna smoke PSTN phone calls in quality.

  • J

    A few questions...

    1.) Since LTE plans are capped... Will the time I'm on a call to my sweetheart be counted as part of my minutes, or part of my data package?

    2.) While its been indicated that the service won't work on 3G network, will it work on wifi networks? There's no 4G coverage here, but I defiantly have wifi. It could work similar to a femtocell, but without having to plug another device into my network, and be usable on the go (as long as there was an available wifi network)

    3.) other than clearer calls (which I've never had a problem with), is there any other benefits? I could see it would help those of us with older non VoLTE capable phones by taking away some network congestion on our voice frequencies. Although, will it clog up data frequencies for those with 4G radios - with everyone trying to call & stream Youtube videos on the same limited bandwidth....