Verizon rolling out VoLTE in coming months, ahead of rumored iOS 8 support

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Verizon today announced its plans of rolling out Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the US over the next few months. The timing of this announcement is quite significant, as iOS 8 and iPhone 6, slated to be released in the next few months, will support VoLTE.

Presently, calls are carried over the same networks as 3G data, but with VoLTE, voice calls will be carried over the same network as LTE data, leading to an improvement in call quality.

From Verizon’s announcement:

Choosing a national rollout on the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, Verizon can deliver a seamless customer experience for high-quality calling and other features. From the beginning, Verizon’s VoLTE service will offer an HD Voice experience, using the AMR-wideband standard, the accepted industry norm for this service. This solution provides the best voice quality available now and allows for future interoperability with others using the standard.

To take advantage of the higher-quality calls, both parties on the call should be on a VoLTE-enabled network with devices that support this new technology.

Sprint, T-Mobile already have VoLTE support, while AT&T announced its rollout a few weeks back. Earlier reports stated that iOS 8 support for VoLTE could be pushed back if there weren’t enough VoLTE-enabled carriers, but it looks like this won’t be a problem anymore.

Verizon’s press release also mentions FaceTime-like video calling options, letting users making video calls or converting their voice calls to video. 9to5Mac speculates that these changes could also hint at upcoming backend changes in FaceTime, which could take advantage of the improved VoLTE network.