Verizon Wireless confirmed that Voice over LTE (VoLTE) will roll out on its nationwide network later this year.
Verizon said its VoLTE service will offer an HD Voice experience from the outset using the AMR-wideband standard. The company promises a robust line-up of VoLTE-enabled smartphones available when the service launches. VoLTE software upgrades will also be available for certain handsets already in service, although Verizon did not elaborate on which current smartphones will be upgradeable.
Verizon’s VoLTE will also offer video calling options, including making and receiving video calls directly from contact lists. As part of the VoLTE video calling experience, customers have the ability to change their calls instantly from voice-only to voice and video. The rollout also sets the stage for future enhancements through Rich Communications Services (RCS).