AT&T and Verizon to connect cross-carrier VoLTE calls by 2015

Soon customers on AT&T and Verizon will be able to call each other with HD voice quality thanks to a partnership that will bring cross-carrier compatibility to each network's Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service. Currently, the higher quality HD voice benefits of VoLTE calls are limited to customers who are in a VoLTE network and who own a VoLTE compatible device where the calls are made to another customer on the same network.

While the partnership would increase the benefits of HD voice calling to a larger audience, it could also allow unlocked devices to utilize VoLTE calling, according to Reuters.

The technology could also allow customers to purchase devices that are not bound to a particular carrier and can easily be transferred to a different network.

Cross-carrier interoperability for VoLTE between AT&T Mobility and Verizon is expected by 2015.

Are you an AT&T or Verizon customer? What do you think of being able to get better voice quality when calling a friend on a different network?

Source: Reuters

15 Comments
  • It's good to begin to see some cooperation, particularly as it relates to technology that is the future. Posted via Android Central App
  • Their competitiveness is a complete illusion. Don't be fooled. AT&T and Verizon run the cellular market like lions at a lamb rally. They both offer high prices for what you get in return. They are the very definition of frenemies. Posted via Nexu...LOOKOUT! ZOMBIE SQUIRRELS!
  • They are trying to get ahead of the FCC Posted via the Galaxy Note 4
  • "by 2015." Does this mean before January 1st? Posted via Android Central App
  • More likely before December 31st.
  • OK John Legere, get T-Mo in on this, too.
  • Duopoly colluding again. Notice how only these two will work together, leaving Sprint and T-Mobile (the only one with national HD voice on HSPA and LTE networks) to sit it out and not be a beneficiary. Cant wait to see what the industry does to resolve this.
  • N.A.r.U. Nothing. (r.eally) As. Usual. Posted via Nexu...LOOKOUT! ZOMBIE SQUIRRELS!
  • Even calls are proprietary now. Wow. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Even if this comment isn't true, sure comes across very close to it. When VZW or AT&T are involved nothing that lays the possibility of them & only them benefiting sure can't be ignored as plausible.
  • I could care less. I never call anyone. And if I do its on GV via the pc. Sent From My Nexus 7
  • Aww look at the two heavy weights playing nicely.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Collusion? 
  • I believe the FTC might have something to say about this. Posted via Android Central App
  • Glad to see att and verizon working together Posted via the Android Central App