“High-definition voice calls are now available on all four major U.S. carriers after a nationwide launch by Verizon on Tuesday, though there’s a long way to go before all those systems all work together and run over LTE.
Verizon Wireless subscribers with the right handsets will be able to start making high-definition voice and video calls over the carrier’s LTE network in the next few weeks, kicking off a long-awaited transition that eventually will eliminate Verizon’s traditional cellular technology.
VoLTE, or voice over LTE, will offer quicker call setup, make voice conversations sound better and let users jump into a video chat just by tapping a button on the screen, Verizon says. But those high-fidelity calls will drop if you leave the LTE coverage area, and last week Verizon wasn’t ready to say which phones will be ready to use the service when it launches.”
What’s it mean, you ask.
Simply put – the technology that currently provides voice service – your cell phone sevice itself – will now be able to be carried over the technology that currently carries your data service. And you will have video phone capability. Your voice and full-motion “selfie” will be available to your caller.
That’s the good news – as if you cared. The bad news is that when it rolls out your call experience will probably be much like the early days of celular service in many markets: Lots of dropped calls and intermittent or spotty video.
But there are so many features coming that we never thought of.
And now you’ll have to be careful about those calls from the bathroom.
Thanks to PCWorld