AT&T is officially launching HD Voice on an all-IP, Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) network in select markets. Starting on May 23, AT&T customers in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will be able to use the new service. A more complete rollout is expected in the coming months.
AT&T notes that HD Voice will be enabled on the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Users of Apple’s iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c should also notice voice improvements.
According to AT&T:
HD Voice customers can simultaneously talk while surfing the Web at 4G LTE speeds, all on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network – it’s the best of both worlds.
Since the iPhone 5 was released in 2012, Apple handsets have supported HD Voice. Until now, however, only Sprint and T-Mobile have supported the service in the United States.
VoLTE is a different beast entirely. The iPhone’s chipset can support calling over LTE. However, iOS 7 doesn’t actually have the ability to make calls over LTE networks. That may change with iOS 8 and the so-called “iPhone 6.”
Among U.S. carriers, T-Mobile already supports VoLTE functionality, while Sprint and Verizon Wireless are currently testing it.
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