Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has announced that it has activated voice over LTE (VoLTE) on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The service was initially available only for Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G2.
Users who have the new iPhones have confirmed that the service is now working perfectly.
The VoLTE service was launched early this month by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). This service isn’t automatic, meaning that users must first install the software upgrade then go to their phone’s settings and activate the service after which they can enjoy calls without having to rely on the 3G for voice calls or 4G for data.
Many users said that the new VoLTE service was initially only available for compatible Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) phones, but has so far opened up to other devices. One user even said that he was able to call a landline.
The service, officially called Advanced Calling 1.0, supports both HD audio and HD video calls. It also has the possibility of switching from the LTE HD real time video feed to Wi-Fi where the user is within the range of an open or automatic connection to wireless internet.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) said that the high definition voice call costs the same amount as standard call rates while video calls are billed as normal data. A minute of video call is said to consume between six to 8 megabytes.
With the compatibility range still too small, many potential users haven’t had a feel of the service. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has revealed that it will be working to expand its list of devices that can use the service.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) were expected to launch the VoLTE in 2013, but due to technical challenges, the launch was delayed.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.