AT&T will be rolling out the company’s Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) network in the next week to select markets. That makes AT&T the first wireless carrier to roll out VoLTE service to its customers. We’ve been waiting for over a year for Verizon to launch their VoLTE service, but that isn’t happening anytime soon. HD voice will be available initially on the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, with more compatible devices coming in the future.
If you’re miffed about what VoLTE means, it’s basically the rerouting of voice calls over the data network, LTE. VoLTE allows for calls with crisp sound and clarity.
AT&T’s HD Voice VoLTE will begin its rollout on May 23rd in select areas of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota, continuing to more states in the coming months.
“Beginning May 23, AT&T is introducing High Definition (HD) Voice on an all-IP, Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) network in select markets. At AT&T, you won’t have to choose between faster data speeds and crystal clear conversations. HD Voice customers can simultaneously talk while surfing the Web at 4G LTE speeds, all on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network – it’s the best of both worlds. HD Voice from AT&T will be enabled on the Samsung Galaxy S®4 mini—which will deliver some of the best software features from the Galaxy S 4 in compact form— with more devices to come. AT&T was the first to deliver Samsung’s Galaxy family of devices; and the introduction of VoLTE HD Voice in collaboration with Samsung marks yet another key milestone in offering the best selection of Samsung Galaxy series in the U.S. Initially, HD Voice from AT&T will be available in select areas in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and will continue to expand on a market-by-market basis.” – AT&T press release