Are you familiar with VoLTE? In this blog post, I will explain what is VoLTE and how to use it.
Many cell phone service providers in the U.S. offer VoLTE. If you have the right hardware on your phone and it’s available in your area, you can take full advantage of it. If you decide to upgrade to VoLTE, setting it up is extremely easy and user-friendly.
What Is VoLTE?
VoLTE stands for Voice over LTE, this occurs when your service provider gives you the ability to place a phone call on your LTE connection instead of the voice networks.
In the past, T-Mobile and AT&T relied on the combination of HSPA+ for calls and LTE for data. While Verizon used 1XRTT for all voice calls on its network, this relied on LTE for data.
These networks now use VoLTE, as a result of this, neither of these is necessary. VoLTE gives service providers the ability to use more bandwidth to make higher-quality phone calls.
When you’re on a phone call with another person who is also using this technology, you will notice that the call quality is better on both ends.
If you’re calling someone who’s in close proximity to you, the call will connect faster.
How To Use VoLTE?
All the service providers support VoLTE on certain phones. All new phones will have support for it, however, not every phone will give you the ability to turn it on or off.
On most Android phones you will have to go into the connection settings under calling or data. Samsung refers to this feature as Calling Plus.
On an iPhone, you can find the settings in the LTE options under Cellular.
You must have a cell phone that supports VoLTE and you must have a good LTE connection on a tower that supports it to be able to take full advantage of it.
The long term goal for most service providers is to have everyone calling on VoIP which stands for Voice over Internet Protocol.
When this happens, features such as Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE will be in the same category and they will allow you to make calls when you have a secure internet connection.
This will make a big difference in the 5G networks that are currently being rolled out because VoIP will ensure you that you will not have to revert back to your old network for voice services.
More Important Things That You Should Know:
All service providers today count VoLTE/HD Voice calls towards the minutes in your monthly bucket.
However, data is not counted, even though VoLTE uses the same data network you use to browse the internet or stream video.
Nevertheless, for service providers that support video calls under the VoLTE standard such as Verizon, the video portion of a call will use data, while the voice portion will use minutes.
Verizon claims that the average 1-minute video call uses approximately 6 to 8 MB of data. So you should be aware of this before making video calls or you can opt to use Wi-Fi instead.
The service providers mentioned on this list offer Wi-Fi calling, this seamlessly routes their voice calls through a Wi-Fi network.
When this is done in an area with poor coverage it improves reliability and call quality.
For AT&T subscribers, Wi-Fi calling can be a bit more complex in comparison to VoLTE. Nevertheless, Wi-Fi calling can be useful for anyone who lives in a dead zone.
VoLTE technology has been slowly improving and I think it’s great that the majority of the U.S. and Canadian service providers are using it.
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