SK Telecom will start offering HD voice service over its LTE network on August 8, reports The Next Web. This is a move up from a previously announced September timeframe.
As part of the launch, the operator is pre-loading Samsung Galaxy S III LTE devices with supporting soft clients – LTE is all data, so voice is just another (abet picky) app on the phone – and will be upgrading already deployed phones at some point.
Pricing of HD voice calls is expected to be the same as on the 3G network, falling generally in line with the rest of the world’s mobile HD voice pricing schemes.
SK had planned to roll out in September, according to The Korea Times, with the introduction starting in Seoul and six other major cities with 23 cities covered by next year. The Samsung Galaxy S III LTE was already slated to be the lead device on the rollout.
All three major cellular companies in South Korea have committed to delivering VoLTE services by the end of the year. KT and LG UPlus had both picked October for their VoLTE introduction month. LG UPlus said it planned to have VoLTE coverage across the country by October.