Earlier today, Verizon revealed that it will launch its nationwide VoLTE service across its massive network later this year. If you’re unfamiliar with the terms “voice over LTE” or “VoLTE,” it’s voice calls between two compatible devices being placed over a wireless carrier’s LTE network. To do this, Verizon will be using the Adaptive Multi-Rate Wideband (AMR-WB) speech coding standard to provide its customers with high-quality voice calling. In addition to voice calls, Verizon’s VoLTE will feature video support. This will let users place and receive video calls directly from their contact lists.
In addition to hosting its own version of a hangout, this new service will give Big Red’s customers the option to quickly change their calls from voice-only to video on the fly. Verizon says that it will have a “robust line-up” of compatible smartphones when the service launches and that some devices will be able to take advantage of VoLTE via a software update. Pair this with the company’s recent XLTE deployment and we have to say that Big Red seems to be on a bit of a roll.