T-Mobile VoLTE heads to Seattle

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T-Mobile has announced the addition of voice-over-LTE in the Seattle market. What does that mean? Nice, crisp calls over T-Mobile’s advanced LTE network, basically.

VoLTE will ensure more reliable phone calls, and even if you happen to veer off the path of LTE in your city you will be seamlessly transitioned to HSPA-based radio bounds with no interruption to your call. T-Mobile VoLTE also comes paired with HD Voice calling, so the benefits of VoLTE are both tangible and intangible.

Unfortunately the roster of VoLTE-equipped T-Mobile phones is quite small right now — only the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Light have the capability to use it. We imagine T-Mobile won’t let many other phones launch without the functionality, though, as they say they have only just begun. Give it a shot if you stay in the upper left corner of the country.

[via T-Mobile]

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  • Kevin

    Damn no Nexus 5 :(

    • Jay Kresge

      I suspect that Google can make this available via software update. We shall see.

      If it makes you feel any better, your already using HD Voice on your Nexus 5, provided that the person you’re taking to is also using HD Voice or landline.

      • No_Nickname90

        They have HD landlines?

        I remember learning about a couple of years ago that our landline still works when the power is out. It’s some old school hospital phone from like the year < 2000. LoL!!

        • Jay Kresge

          It has nothing to do with the landline. In its simplest form, here’s how it works. Cell phones use a digital audio codec whereas landlines use analog audio over a wired connection. When two cell phones talk to each other, an audio codec is “negotiated” based on what is supported by both phones/carriers. When two landlines talk, it’s analog all the way. When a landline talks to a cell phone, there’s digital to analog conversion going on, and the digital format used is the highest quality format supported by the cell phone and its carrier.

  • http://bamaredwingsfan.blogspot.com/ JH

    How will data packages differentiate between voice data and app data? Seems more like a ploy to Jack our data plans up.

    • Jay Kresge

      The same way that they already do. Voice is already routed as data, even over Edge, 3G, and HSDPA/HSPA+.

  • godrilla

    I wonder how difference in data it actually uses vs standard calls. It probably wouldn’t make a difference anyway because it’s all unlimited.

  • DavidFR

    The technology will affect the voice quality, I can feel it on my LG G Flex………………………telecomivibe(dot)com