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Simultaneous Voice/Data, HD Voice Now Available to Verizon iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Users

Verizon began rolling out its Advanced Calling service earlier this week, enabling voice over LTE (VoLTE) capabilities for select devices that support the service, which includes the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are reporting that the VoLTE service is now functional, allowing Verizon iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to use simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the first time when connected to a 4G LTE network. MacRumors has confirmed that VoLTE is indeed working, enabling users to browse the web or access apps while on a voice call.

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In addition to enabling simultaneous voice and data, Verizon's Advanced Calling features also allow for High-Definition voice calls, which are said to be more "natural-sounding" and Verizon-branded video calls.
Advanced Calling 1.0, a first-generation service suite enabled by Voice over LTE, or VoLTE, technology, is now available on America's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network with XLTE. With Advanced Calling 1.0, there is a clear difference. You will be able to enjoy natural-sounding High-Definition (HD) Voice and a Video Calling experience that's as simple as making a traditional voice call.
Users can enabled Advanced Calling features by visiting the Verizon website and adding the feature to their accounts. Users also need to make sure both Voice and Data are turned on in the iPhone's Settings app. Go to Settings --> Cellular --> Enable LTE --> Tap Voice & Data.

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Verizon's Advanced Calling features are limited to the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the LG G2, and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

(Thanks, Will!)


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23 months ago
AT&T has had this since the second iPhone. Let me be the first to welcome Verizon to 2008.
Rating: 61 Votes
23 months ago
A proper treatment of this subject would also include the reason why older LTE phones are excluded.
Rating: 26 Votes
23 months ago
i guess they now realize that CDMA was a big mistake.
Rating: 25 Votes
23 months ago

Where do you have your data from? Cause that's just plain not true.
VoLTE chips are pretty darn new. That's why it's limited to those new devices. LTE was even new in '07. And when I say new, I mean not even finalised.


i think he's referring to how AT&T (or GSM) have always been able to talk and surf on the iPhone at the same time.
Rating: 22 Votes
23 months ago

i guess they now realize that CDMA was a big mistake.


Never was a mistake.

CDMA allowed them to have a superb dropped call rate as well as excellent spectral density. Great capacity, especially when the 8k vocoders came along with good voice quality.

Did it match GSM/UMTS in all calling features? No, but apparently that wasn't a deciding factor for millions upon millions of subscribers.

They've done extremely well with CDMA, as have many other leading operators around the world.

In fact, CDMA was so impressive, it became the air interface for UMTS, which is something most people aren't aware of.

Since CDMA was optimized for voice, it's a totally open question as to how VoLTE will perform in comparison. LTE is break before make, while CDMA has soft and softer handoff.

I'm optimistic for VoLTE, especially if not moving quickly and undergoing rapid handoffs, but time will tell.

Saying CDMA was a mistake is uninformed.
Rating: 19 Votes
23 months ago
Everything is finally right in the world. Signed loyal verizon customer that was tired of defending himself to ATT folks.
Rating: 15 Votes
23 months ago
What?

AT&T has had this since the first iPhone. Let me be the first to welcome Verizon to 2007.


Where do you have your data from? Cause that's just plain not true.
VoLTE chips are pretty darn new. That's why it's limited to those new devices. LTE was even new in '07. And when I say new, I mean not even finalised.
Rating: 12 Votes
23 months ago
Wow! I wish AT&T had this feature. Oh, that's right, they've had it for years.
Rating: 12 Votes
23 months ago
Simple

A proper treatment of this subject would also include the reason why older LTE phones are excluded.


The LTE chips used in the older phones do not support receiving both data and voice at the same time. It's really that simple. The chips that support this are relatively new. Previously, this would've only been possible having two separate LTE chips, which would've been way more expensive, and worst of all, battery hungry. And even then you'd have problems with the operators sending two streams to the same address space whilst splitting it between two chips. Possible, but not really something anyone would want to deal with. Further reading can be found on Anandtech. They always got the tech side covered.
Rating: 11 Votes
23 months ago

AT&T has had this since the first iPhone. Let me be the first to welcome Verizon to 2007.


False. The first iPhone didn't support 3G, and therefore didn't support simultaneous voice-and-data. And it obviously didn't support VoLTE either.

VoLTE provides many benefits in addition to simultaneous voice-and-data, including higher quality calls.
Rating: 11 Votes

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