AT&T talks VoLTE interoperability at CTIA 2014

AT&T SVP Kris Rinne, said the carrier is working with others on enabling direct VoLTE calls between networks, saith LightReading.

Deployment of VoLTE on AT&T’s network is being done on a market-by-market basis, due in part because of the need to adjust network traffic to be more symmetrical.

Sprint: 16 million customers have access to HD voice

A Sprint executive stated that 16 million customers have access to its HD voice service through its Qualcomm-based technology, but it wants a “solid” VoLTE experience before it releases the service, according to a report in Fierce Wireless and from others in attendance.

Speaking at the 4G World conference, Chief Network Officer Dr. John Saw said Sprint offers 30 regular model smartphones and 33 prepaid handsets with HD voice capability.

Bigger Apple iPhones support VoLTE

In yesterday’s launch of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company announced support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) with the new hardware.  Apple’s comparison chart between the 5 and 6 families indicates only the new phones will support VoLTE, so prepare to open your wallet.

With three out of four (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon by end of year) offering VoLTE, Apple had to offer VoLTE at some point in time. Various Android models have supported VoLTE for over a year while Microsoft added it into the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 released over the summer.

The iPhone 5s and 5c support HD voice on HSPA networks with the service, so there are plenty of iPhones already making HD voice calls.  Sprint quietly rolled out support for its Qualcomm-specific version of HD voice on the iPhone 5s/5c over the summer.

For current iPhone 5s/5c owners, there’s a possibility that a “Jailbreak” version of iOS could support VoLTE on their hardware. Earlier jailbreaks have provided HD voice support to the iPhone 4s and 5 on HSPA networks. 

CTIA next week

HD Voice News Editor-in-Chief Doug Mohney will be in Las Vegas for CTIA next week from Monday evening, September 8 through Wednesday, September 10.

He is taking meetings on those days and will be at the MobileFocus event on September 9.

Contact him directly at moo@vegascommando.com

South Africa gets HD voice through MTN

MTN officially launched HD voice on its 3G network in August, according to Ventures Africa and other sources.

The service is only available on 3G at this time.

Telenor Denmark launches HD voice on 3G network

A brief in telecompaper says Telenor Demark has turned up HD voice across its 3G network after tests in North Jutland over the summer.  Devices supported include the iPhone 5, 5S, 5C; HTC’s One, One X and One V; Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, Nokia Lumina and various Sony Experia models.

Editorial: An update

HD Voice News has been on a hiatus of sorts over the past 60 to 90 days due to a variety of factors. 

Editor-in-Chief Doug Mohney will be at CTIA (I know they call it something else these days, but it is CTIA and in Vegas next month).  We expect to resume more regular publishing around September 2 or so.

Sprint retailer spams #HDvoice on Twitter

One or more Sprint retail stores seem to be determined to spam out Sprint’s use of HD voice on Twitter, with anywhere from at least four to six user IDs/employees in the Portland, Oregon engaging in a shoveling campaign of comments and pictures.

All the user accounts with a Oregon association seem to have been relatively inactive until anywhere from 24 to 48 hours ago, with at least one Twitter account appearing to dormant for over a year. 

Sprint HD voice handset statistics: 12 million now, 20 million by end of year

Various sources are discussing how many 3G CDMA HD voice capable handsets Sprint has deployed. with assertions of 12 million out now and up to 20 million by end of year.

An analyst blog by Zacks.com says Sprint currently has over 12 million customers using HD voice capable handsets. 

This number is expected to grow to 20 million phones in circulation by the end of the year, according to a tweet from @EvanKirstel

Vodafone Netherlands 3G HD voice rollout “almost complete,” starting VoLTE trials

Vodafone Netherlands has almost completed its 3G HD voice rollout, if Google translate is to be trusted, according to All About Phones. It is also starting VoLTE trials in the second half of this year and expects to have a commercial rollout by mid-2015, states Telecompaper.

KPN deployed HD voice in May 2012 while T-Mobile Netherlands has allegedly been turning up HD voice over the past month or so.