MetroPCS turns on voice over LTE ahead of the big players

MetroPCS has become the first operator to enable voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, with the LG Connect 4G in and around Dallas, Texas being the first handset to support it. MetroPCS was also the first carrier in the U.S. to offer LTE data services, ahead of the big names like Verizon and AT&T.

Granted, the footprint is tiny and the user base is small, but it's still no easy feat to present a new(ish) technology to an established network. Right now, the LG Connect 4G is the only capable device, but Metro says that will change in "the coming weeks" along with more locations.

What should users expect? According to Metro, you'll notice clearer calls when in an LTE service area. Since these toys we have are phones, clearer calls is always a good thing. Nice work MetroPCS.

Via: Engadget

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  • That's cool. They beat Korea.
  • Dumb Pipes.
    They be coming.
  • As much as wish this to be the case... I don't see it happening for a long time. If carriers can't charge you for it, then they'll find a way to block it.
  • How does Metro do this? Will this require special LTE devices? I know in Verizon's case their LTE phones still use CDMA radios to broadcast voice calls while data uses the LTE network. I think AT&T does the same with GSM handling voice duties.Not sure about Sprint.
  • Volte voice over lte also known as voice over data.
  • who cares about metro? this will be innovative when
    the iphone on att gets it. by then, it will "just work".
  • With a name like that you are either the coolest sarcastic guy Ive seen on here or the dumbest isheep to ever set foot in these parts!! FYI:iOS apps have a higher crash percentage than android. True story, look it up....while its workin!
  • Good old MetroPCS still at it.
  • Metro isn't going to be disappearing ever as long as it's suits people who wants no contract.
  • I assume you wouldn't be charged for extra data usage. True?