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May
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Verizon's much-delayed Voice over LTE network finally got a slightly more concrete release date today, with America's largest wireless provider announcing the rollout will commence in a matter of "months." Verizon, unlike AT&T, also plans to make the national rollout of VoLTE simultaneous, rather than scaling up from test markets over time. Given this fact, it's sort of understandable Verizon's efforts have been considerably slower than some of its rivals when it comes to HD voice.

Verizon's VoLTE HD voice calls will be interoperable with those of other carriers, too, assuming they support the correct AMR-wideband voice standard (T-Mobile uses the same tech, for example). Verizon also claims that by the time VoLTE launches, the number of handsets supporting it on the network right out the gate will be of a "tangible volume" (as opposed to an intangible one).

Oh, and don't worry - Verizon's hard at work figuring out how to monetize this new experience. Verizon handsets with VoLTE support will eventually be equipped with fully integrated, on-the-fly video calling capabilities (can you say "additional monthly charge"?). The new Rich Communications Services platform also sets up Verizon for future network enhancements like file transfers between subscribers, more "robust" group messaging, and location sharing. Basically, Verizon would like you to just go ahead and use its services for all those things you do for free on other services, please. That'd be great.

Otherwise, the blog post on the announcement is light on details. We'll probably be hearing more about Verizon VoLTE in the coming months, though, so keep your wallets tuned.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Gregory Benner

    Are there any sources for anything related to money in the article or did the author just pull it all out of their ass? It's stuff like this that makes me question anything from AP

    • blahmoomoo

      There's nothing saying that they'll charge for video calls in the linked article, but I can't see them offering that for free. Perhaps it should be more clear in the article that it's a prediction, rather than fact.

      • Gregory Benner

        I'm right there with you, but it's unacceptable for a journalist to be speculating things like this with no proof whatsoever. Especially so because he made the title all about getting charged more.

        • blahmoomoo

          Other than implicitly making these predictions based on Verizon's history, of course. But yeah, even saying "probably" in the title is a bit questionable.

        • Brandon Woo

          Welcome to the Internet! This is what's called a "blog." Opinion is implicit in this type of "journalism." Please refer to your local print media for articles containing no color whatsoever.

    • modplan

      The 'source' is verizon's history. Everyone hates them and their policies (at least on the internet) but no one leaves. Just be honest, you'll pay the extra $10/mo for VoLTE and YOU'LL LIKE IT, at least that's verizon's impression they get from their customers.

      2 weeks ago they would not unlock my girlfriends 2.5yr old iPhone 4S for international use in England, she called 3 times, when I got on the phone and said I would jailbreak it and unlock it myself if they didn't do it they finally complied. They are a shitty company with an excellent network, they have nothing but the network going for them. And everyone else is catching up fast, in another 12 months there will be no reason to use them unless they change their policies, TMo and even Sprint will have networks as good or even better.

    • Brian K

      Its speculation.

      But VZ-dub charges for everything resembling "service"! Want to block a number for more than 90 days, that'll be a charge. They constantly have worked to try to monetize every aspect of the devices on their phones, like disabling GPS unless you used VZ navigator (at a nice monthly fee, natch). Or, have bluetooth OBEX support disabled so you would be forced to buy ringtones and music through them instead of being able to load your own files.

      Verizon is NOTORIOUS for this shit.

  • scuttlefield

    Haha! Love the snark, David!

    • MagicMiguel

      Snarky, yet so true!

  • RantGirlRants

    I've been a Verizon customer. I've worked at a Verizon customer service call center.

    Verizon Wireless is a giant bag of dicks.

    VZW Pros: Great network. High data speeds. Good customer service.

    VZW Cons: Poor phone selection. Greedy policies. Opponent of Net Neutrality.

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  • Sam Hollis

    If net neutrality gets smacked down, can they make those services faster then the better alternatives?

    • flosserelli

      Perhaps. But each of those services will cost you an extra $10/month. And unless you have unlimited data, you will blow through your data cap faster too.

  • Mike

    When has Verizon ever given away any sort of service for free?

  • MagicMiguel

    One of the better article titles I've seen in a while!

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    Video calls as a "paid feature"? People ARE NOT making video calls, period. Yes, we sometimes do video conferencing/chatting, but NOBODY is substituting voice calls with video calls.