Verizon aggressively backing for VoLTE before winding up traditional voice

American telecom giant Verizon is working hard to make Voice over LTE (VoLTE) a default feature for its all customers. Presently worldwide carriers are shutting down 2G networks to make room for LTE deployments. Verizon is also walking to it – the company has plans to phase out its entire CDMA network by 2021. But before that they need to have a robust 4G network running.


Now Verizon’s VOLTE feature is an opt-in feature where customers need to select this feature on their VOLTE enabled smartphones. David Small, executive vice president of wireless operations at Verizon Wireless informed that more than 4 million customers are using this feature, which will be the default voice option to all customers in due course.

Small also informed that VOLTE is better than Verizon’s traditional HD Voice on 3G and they are getting few complaints from VOLTE consumers regarding call drop issues.

Verizon has given such handsets to their employees to test VoLTE services to point out any issues or technical glitches which are needed to be taken care of. Not only that Verizon stores are actively recommending the customers (who are buying new connections or new 4G smartphones) to try VOLTE.

Globally VoLTE is yet to make a success story but the room is all open to be one. With Verizon’s aggressive VoLTE campaign the technology itself will be benefited hugely.

Here in India we are also looking at evolution of VoLTE. India’s upcoming 4G player Reliance Jio skipped 2G and 3G, so for them success of VOLTE is very much crucial.?

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August 17, 2015 8:01 pm 8:01 PM

just when will bsnl launch any info on its 4g as it has pan India 800 band network which should be used for 4g as it has very good coverage

August 16, 2015 11:06 am 11:06 AM

India also should phase out CDMA asap. Its only taxi drivers who use CDMA and take advantage of the unlimited on net (Tata to Tata or Reliance to Reliance) voice calling. Tata Docomo has already started the process by shutting down voice services on CDMA in some small towns.

August 16, 2015 1:56 pm 1:56 PM

In other countries CDMA players shutting down EVDO, to move customers to use data on LTE. Then they will shut down voice on 1x.

August 17, 2015 8:00 pm 8:00 PM

well first thay need 4g devices which support 800 band in cheap prices not many devices support them in low prices also that the 4g transition should be smooth and the price of data packs and voice should not really be off the roof and duane verizon is gonna do that till 2021 it will atleast need 2023-24 to be done the same thing here

Paul Walker
August 15, 2015 11:12 pm 11:12 PM
In India they should discontinue 2G and force people to upgrade to 4G and use VoLTE. Devices are very cheap and JIO and Airtel gonna launch devices as cheap as ?2k/-. Data packs gonna be cheaper tham 3g as promised by Reliance. Only way for development is Autocracy. Democracy has kept us behind because of minorities, backward class reservations and no support of orthodox oldies to switch to new and better technologies. These egoistic people will stick to old tech and also won’t allow new gen to update. This independence day lets free our country from these good-for-nothing yet high-on-ego… Read more »
August 16, 2015 3:14 pm 3:14 PM
There can be a basic phone working on VoLTE. It can have only Voice feature, stripped off big displays, browser, apps, etc. I have used a basic Landline Phone working on VoIP when I was abroad using LAN cable. VoIP phone are becoming standard offerings in many countries instead of Analogue phones which BSNL/MTNL offer. VoLTE is a type of VoIP or IP based system which brings lot of advantages with it like better voice quality, enhanced capacity, less infrastructure cost, etc. Reliance Jio will be offering VoLTE and will require new customer which will migrate from other operators. Reliance… Read more »
August 16, 2015 11:07 am 11:07 AM

Well said Pail Walker

August 16, 2015 2:12 am 2:12 AM

are you a fool 2k do you even know an ordinary indian family can actually eat a month properly with that much money but people like you wont understand that do you so many people die because of hunger they earn working hard if they have an existing fone and if someone can replace it with lets say 400 than i will agree with you dont forget reliance was the one who gave cdma phone for 500 in common man. but 4g in that price is not easy

Apurva Gupta
August 16, 2015 7:19 am 7:19 AM
You are not understanding what he was saying. He is not talking about poor family but people like who don’t want to proceed head to head with society. Neither they move to smartphones nor let their children do. They just say ” call hi to karni h wo to isse bhi ho jayegi. Ya smartphone hone se bachche bigad jaenge”. I have some real rich neighbors that are still living with feature phones without Internet and loud China sound. Even below average people like auto driver, bicycle mechanics are using smartphones these days. Even I have one in my whatsapp… Read more »
August 17, 2015 7:56 pm 7:56 PM

its understandable what you said apurva but his statement was really not clear any way a phone which supports only basic calling of voip is good as far as smartphone is considered i tried giving one to my mom but with her eyes its hard to see it while numberpad phones can be easily realised by touching pads as one gets used to it according to her. a phone with only voip should be launch and it should be unlocked so one can go to any network weather its of svoid or rat or jio