For as high-tech as our smartphones are, the voice calls they make decidedly aren’t. Phones have long been held back by legacy voice standards, failing to take full advantage of the bandwidth and processing power of modern handsets. Luckily for us, salvation awaits in the form of voice over LTE, or VoLTE. Last month, Verizon shared its plans to activate its own VoLTE network in the weeks to come, and today we get word that it’s getting things started, going live with what it’s calling Advanced Calling 1.0.
With Verizon VoLTE now active, how can you take advantage of it? Well, for the moment only two Verizon smartphones support VoLTE: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and last year’s LG G2. With the latest software Verizon’s made available, either handset should be able to start enjoying VoLTE fidelity as of today. You’ll first have to add Advanced Calling 1.0 support to your Verizon plan, but there’s no charge to do so.
In the weeks to come, we should be seeing VoLTE-enabling updates arrive for additional Verizon handsets, a move that can’t happen soon enough – VoLTE only works if both parties to a call are using compatible devices, and the more models that are supported, the larger the VoLTE user base will be.
We’ll especially be looking forward to seeing how the iPhone 6 performs with Advanced Calling 1.0, with both new models confirmed to support the service.