VoLTE has not seen the light of day in the US yet, but that might change soon. According to Engadget, AT&T is supposedly trying to beat Verizon to be the first major carrier to offer VoLTE (Voice over LTE) for customers. Both carriers were originally aiming for VoLTE to be ready in 2013, but that didn’t happen.
MetroPCS actually had VoLTE originally in 2012, but this would be the first time that a major carrier had the technology available. Unfortunately, many devices wouldn’t be able to connect to the network, either not having the software or hardware capable. Some devices could get support through a software update, but it depends on the manufacturers and the carriers to update them.
Newer devices would naturally come with out-of-the-box support for VoLTE, but there aren’t any yet. At CES, the Asus Padfone X had the technology capable of using VoLTE, but it hasn’t shipped yet. This seems like it might be a prime launch date for the device and in these markets, it could potentially get a big exposure through advertising.
The greatest benefit of VoLTE is that you would get HD Voice-like quality calls and better battery efficiency, resulting in better battery life. You would also not be dropped off LTE down to HSPA+ and 3G speed data, so you could continue to enjoy fast data while talking on the phone. If you live in Chicago or Minneapolis, are you looking forward to VoLTE?