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MetroPCS is Officially the First US Network to Launch Voice-Over-LTE

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    MetroPCS may be one of the smaller, third tier service providers, but that doesn't mean we should discount them too quickly, because their status might change very quickly. They just launched the first Voice-Over-LTE (VoLTE) Network in the United States, and they already have a phone to go with it, the LG Connect 4G (which is actually a rebranded LG Viper).

    Just in case you may not be familiar with VoLTE, here's a brief summation of the technology. VoLTE is a fairly new technology. It really hasn't been possible until about a year ago. This was when carriers finally started switching to the more advanced and speedier LTE networks. It basically routes your calls across the enhanced LTE data networks, instead of the old-style (CDMA and GSM) "fuzzy networks."

    The promise of VoLTE is improved, crystal-clear call quality as well as better reception and greater reliability. It really is a revolutionary new technology, and it is surprising that it wasn't one of the Big Three that launched it first. Could this be the first rise of a new big player in the market?

    Here's the press release,

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    Better quality sound is the only thing I think this can do for me. I already have 100% perfect phone service and NEVER drop calls. I think I haven't dropped a call in about 3 years.
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    Metro was also the first to launch a LTE network here in the states.
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    I never even heard of metroPCS until a while after joining DF... when I saw posts of people wanting to flash their OG Droid to metro.

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    The interest for me would be unlimited VoLTE calling. Except that will probably mean losing my unlimited plan.

    And I imagine VoLTE will use a good chunk of data. So let's break this down with the new share plans. You're paying $40 a month for unlmiited voice, which is now obsolete. Everyone wants to use VoLTE now, but you'll need more data than that 1gig for $50.

    Slick move, VZW. If you think about it, if you could do it, $80 a month for 8 gigs of data with unlimited calling wouldn't be a bad deal at all.

    Or just wait for a free VoIP solution (read: one that works well) with GV to crush all.
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    VoLTE would replace the calling stuff. Since, *from my understanding* Verizon wants to be all LTE. Right now calls are made on their 1X network. In the future Verizon will probably ditch their CDMA network in favor of just LTE.
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    But that's my question. Without reading the fine print, aren't the new share plans basically a $40 device fee with unlimited minutes thrown in? Now, we go to VoLTE and the minutes "transform" into a data hog and you're stuck with the $40 device fee and now your $50 for 1gig of data is inadequate. I have no idea, but would guess 6 hours of voice is @1gig of data.

    To your other point, if they ditch CDMA wouldn't that necessarily eliminate grandfathered unlimited plans, since you'd need VoLTE and that would be a plan change?
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    Using the worst case VoIP codec (G.711 @ 87 kbps) it looks like 1 GB would get you about 25 hours (1500 minutes).
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    Also thinking how much it would affect battery usage..... I have no clue really but thinking about the battery drain of talking on phone as the network currently as versus the drain on battery talking via VoLTE.... Thoughts?
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    I doubt Verizon would use VoLTE usage against your monthly data cap.
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    unless its my mother in law's phone, I hate talking to her and her Metro PCS phone.
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    Respectfully, you must not have much experience with Verizon...
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    Not sure. Using voice causes a pretty hefty drain on the battery. I wouldn't expect VoLTE to be significantly better or worse. Although now that I think about it, using 4G for some reason drains the battery fairly fast, and if VoLTE was constantly polling (as it would have to) you may have a point.

    A feature I would love to see is VZW giving us multiple phones on a single line. Mainly, I'd like to have a "regular" old handset or speakerphone, or two, connected at home. Really, if you pay retail for an extra phone a $10 device fee would be pretty reasonable and crush landline prices.
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