19
Jun
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T-Mobile announced a great many things yesterday, but not all of them were reason for customers everywhere to rejoice. No, some of the goods are reserved for a select segment of users. Starting today, the carrier is issuing an over-the-air update to the Galaxy S5 (G900TUVU1BNF6that enables support for voice over LTE connections. To coincide with the news, T-Mobile's VoLTE is now available in a total of fifteen markets. With availability in areas such as Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., the carrier has pockets of coverage scattered all throughout the country.

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S5 owners who do not live in any of these markets have to wait until tomorrow to receive the update, which they will be able to download via Samsung Kies. It's no big deal, really, since there isn't much else to see here. But if you happen to visit one of these locations every now and then, the new release is at least partially worth the wait.

Updates are also going out to a previous T-Mobile device with VoLTE support, the Galaxy Note 3 (N900TUVUDNF1). This device, along with the LG G Flex and the Galaxy Light, was previously limited to the West Coast. Don't be surprised if those other VoLTE-capable handsets receive attention soon as well.

T-Mobile's current VoLTE markets:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Long Island
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis
  • New England
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington D.C.

Sources: T-Mobile [1], [2], [3], [4]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Kevin Kraft

    Is the Nexus 5 completely unable to get a software update to enable this? What is it in the hardware that is missing?

    • Alvin Brinson

      Yeah, I wanna know about the Nexus 5.... Or are we witnessing more Samsung Monopoly Leveraging here?

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      Meh, what difference does it make the likely hood of anyone taking advantage of it is quite low. I have a GS5 myself and don't really care all that much. I'm more interested in the fact that we're getting yet another update rather than the contents.

    • chenxiaolong

      At the moment, support for VoLTE in the Android/AOSP telephony frameworks is incomplete. Until it is completely implemented, the Nexus and GPE devices probably won't see this feature.

      EDIT: Support needs to be added here: https://android.googlesource.com/platform/frameworks/opt/telephony/

  • wheineman

    Can anyone tell me why I want VoLTE? Are there areas with only LTE coverage where voice fails?

    • James Alexander

      It saves time because you don't have to switch from LTE to 3g to make a call. That takes a couple seconds.

      • wheineman

        Is that a TMO only thing? Can TMO devices only use either LTE or 3G at a time? Do they share the same bands?

        I have never experienced such a thing on Verizon, so I am genuinely curious why it's such a big deal.

        • jnt

          It's a LTE thing. The only reason Verizon devices (Android) get around it is b/c they have two antenna's - one for voice and one for LTE. The iPhone 5S on Verizon, for example, still can't do voice and data at the same time because Apple chose not to include the extra antenna needed.

  • James Alexander

    What about the Nexus 5? Is this already enabled or do I need to use Field Test Mode to enable the proper bands?

    • ProductFRED

      It's a combination of a few system apps (apks) that run in the background and framework changes. Nothing to do with bands.

  • Defenestratus

    BTW the update in kies last night gave my note 3 download booster too.

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    Well
    I have Galaxy Note 3 but still not get any update as I am living in Dallas. I
    just waiting for notification and once it will be here, I will definitely consider
    updating it after fully charged my device on wireless charging pad.

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