Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calling has arrived on the Verizon network for new Apple iPhone 6 owners. The technology allows for next-generation, high-definition calls at no extra cost with reduced background noise. Another nice feature: With Voice over LTE, you can finally make voice calls and use your 4G LTE data connection to surf the net or access apps at the same time.
Verizon only flipped the switch on its Advanced Calling 1.0 VoLTE network earlier this month, so you may have to deal with an unusually high number of dropped calls as the bugs get worked out. Verizon HD Voice is available on only three compatible devices: the Samsung Galaxy S5, the LG G2 and now the Apple iPhone 6. That’s no small limitation, since you’ll need to be calling a VoLTE-ready phone from your own VoLTE-ready device to complete a call in true HD Voice.
Before you can use VoIP on your Verizon iPhone 6, you’ll need to enable it on your phone. Make sure your phone is connected to the Verizon network first. Then enter your phone’s settings, tap ‘Cellular’ and then tap ‘Enable LTE.’ Choose ‘Voice & Data,’ and your phone should be ready to make next-generation, HD calls. Note that some Verizon customers are reporting that they had to activate the feature with Verizon first before activating it on their phones. You can do so by logging in to your Verizon Wireless account online, choosing Manage My Account and then choosing Change Features. Look for the free Advanced Calling 1.0 option, and make sure it’s activated.
Even if you’re not on Verizon, you should still be able to enjoy HD voice on your new iPhone 6. T-Mobile’s VoLTE service went nationwide this July, so you should be able to enjoy HD voice calling on its network out of the box. Sprint too boasts a nationwide HD Voice network, with 4G LTE available in “more than 470 markets.” AT&T is lagging behind a bit, but still offers VoLTE in a handful of Midwest markets including Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota.