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Combining our favorite features from Facebook, Google Hangouts, Skype and iPhone systems, AT&T has been rolling out its new VoLTE service, which currently reaches more than 27 million subscribers in the United States. Allowing us to engage in improved calling quality, we are now able to utilize our LTE networks while in HD.
AT&T has been busy bringing simultaneous delivery of LTE connections to our communications needs. Broadening the range of frequency for voice, clearer conversations are now made possible. This means that you are less likely to hear someone ask you to repeat what you just said. Customers will also be able to switch back and forth between voice and video calling without losing their connection.
While it hasn’t reached all markets yet, AT&T is working diligently to unleash VoLTE “market-by-market,” testing each market before launch and maximizing the user experience before it is widely adopted.
In addition to an improved voice experience, AT&T is implementing three more features to their VoLTE service. One of these include Wi-Fi Calling, as AT&T jumps on the bandwagon with Verizon, who has also recently adopted this form of Wi-Fi communication, as an alternative to users experiencing service outages and interference with servicing in their area. Sprint has already been offering this service for a few years now.
Advanced messaging will also allow users to tell when and if their messages have been delivered across networks, providing more accountability to the system and verifying receipt of important texts that can often get lost in the mix.
Finally, AT&T implements NumberSync into their VoLTE system. Working very much like SimulRing on Vonage and Google Voice through Hangouts, NumberSync will allow users to link compatible devices to a primary mobile number. Not only can calls be routed to several devices, but calls can be made from several devices and appear to be coming from the same mobile number. Text messages are no exception.
Phones that are dead, broken and powered off will continue to ring and ensure that no calls are missed and no texts are delayed.
While none of these technologies are necessary new, AT&T has combined our most beloved features into a central system for improved calling experiences. With faster speeds being accessible on our devices while on a call and frequencies expanding for clearer calling capabilities, AT&T has a good shot at being one of the most in-demand phone carriers in 2016. Additional mobility will be given to conference calling and business interactions.
Unfortunately, while AT&T has already rolled out HD calling to most of the United States, there are many subscribers, who will go without the ability to engage in HD clarity, because they have a device that is incompatible with the feature. It is likely that upgrades will take place in the next few months with subscribers interested in adopting this new service. But, it is not likely to actually happen right away, as much of our population tends to be late adopters, as opposed to early ones.