AT&T has announced that they’ve started working on out HD Voice in initial markets, with work to begin as early as May 23rd. Said markets include select areas of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It’s interesting that the company is beginning their rollout in these mid-western markets. It’s not these are small markets by any means, but we’re used to seeing the likes of New York City and LA getting the red carpet treatment ahead of anyone else.
So what is HD Voice? Simple — it’s voice over LTE, giving you a more clear and reliable medium for calling than typical cellular technologies of yesteryear. VoLTE can deliver data for internet browsing and allow you to speak over the improved network at the same time. That’s not necessarily taboo tech anymore as simultaneous voice and data has been possible on older technologies, but it’s worth noting anyway.
Unfortunately the roster of devices which can take advantage will be small to start, both figuratively and literally. The only device that will be equipped with HD Voice capabilities to start is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Of course, you can expect more devices and more markets to be added in the weeks, months and most likely years to come.