Tuesday, September 27, 2022

VoLTE: How To Use It And Why You Should Care

VoLTE (Voice over LTE) is the next generation of voice service for your phone. It provides superior voice quality and allows you to enjoy talk and data easily. This article discusses more on VoLTE Network Connection, how to use it and why you should care.

What is VoLTE?

Voice over LTE occurs when your carrier allows you to place a phone call over your LTE connection instead of the older legacy voice networks. For instance, Verizon Wireless traditionally used 1XRTT for all of your voice calls, relying on LTE for data. This used to be why Verizon phones couldn’t simultaneously use voice and data. 

Like how AT&T and T-Mobile depend on LTE for data and HSPA+ for calls and would drop down to a 3G signal when speaking with someone on the other line, VoLTE does not. Both network types have in common the ability to use more bandwidth with higher quality audio to make phone calls.

When communicating with someone using VoLTE, you will immediately notice the difference in call quality on both ends. You will also notice calls connect faster if the person you’re calling is not far from you.

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Which U.S. Carriers Support VoLTE?

All major US carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon, support VoLTE.

How Can I use VoLTE?

Every major carrier supports VoLTE, just like how any new phone in the market support it. You can find the setting in the main settings under Cellular, then Cellular Data Options on an iPhone.

On most newer Samsung phones, you can see the option in the connections category in the phone’s settings. While on other phones, such as those from OnePlus, you can find the settings under Wi-Fi & network category.

You need to have a good LTE connection on a tower that supports VoLTE for it to take effect. Also, a device that supports VoLTE. Of course, this needs to be confirmed on each device on each carrier, although most phones released in the last couple of years contain all the criteria above, so there’s no need to worry.

What Else do I Need to Know About VoLTE?

Note: All carriers count HD Voice/VoLTE calls towards the minutes in one’s monthly bucket and not data, even though VoLTE uses the same data network as video streaming or browsing the web. But for carriers like Verizon that support video calls under the VoLTE standard, the voice portion of a chat will take up minutes, while the video portion will use data. Verizon says that “an average 1-minute video call uses about 6 – 8 MB of data,” take note.

Also, all major carriers offer Wi-Fi calling, which routes regular voice calls through a Wi-Fi network in areas of poor cellular coverage or to improve call quality and reliability. 

Wi-Fi calling can be a handy tool if you live near or in a dead zone, though it has more hoops to jump through than VoLTE does on U.S. carriers.

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Do I Need to Upgrade My Phone to Keep Making Calls?

If you have an older phone without VoLTE support and are just looking for stronger and more consistent performance, upgrading to one of the best Android phones with support for VoLTE is a good play.

Earlier in 2020, AT&T asked some of their customers to upgrade their phones in order to continue using the service. The reason is that AT&T plans to discontinue its older network to transition to 4G LTE and 5G completely.

Please don’t panic, as AT&T isn’t the first carrier to drop support for older phones, and it certainly won’t be the last. AT&T isn’t shuttering its 3G network until February 2022. Shutting off phones suddenly would be a big PR mistake for any carrier, especially for business accounts, so it takes years to plan things like this

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Diekola Yusuf
Diekola Yusufhttps://www.novabach.com
Founder & CEO of Novabach - Yusuf is a Tech enthusiast. Fascinated by Computers and all sorts of Technology. He writes news, updates, walkthroughs, guides, troubleshooting tips, and how-to tutorials on gadgets and consumer electronics.

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