Verizon Follows AT&T with HD Voice Talk

Anything AT&T can do, Verizon hopes it can do better, if not later. On the heels of its competitorEUs HD Voice announcement, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. is now spreading the news that its Voice Over LTE, or VoLTE, will start rolling out later this year.

Verizon made it crystal clear that its VoLTE service would offer HD Voice. HD Voice is a wideband technology that promises crisp call quality with reduced background noise so a caller feels like he's right next to the person on the other line. Historically, voice calls have been transmitted on a limited frequency of 300 Hz to 3.4 kHz. To provide better call quality, HD Voice expands that range from 50 Hz to 7 kHz -- and even higher -- to bring high definition calling to the handset.

Verizon will tap into the AMR-wideband standard, which is the industry norm, to back up its HD Voice experience. The company said the solution paves the way for the best possible voice quality on the market and allows for interoperability with new standards that may emerge in the future.

AT&T First to Market

We caught up with Jeff Kagan, an independent technology analyst, to get his take on the news. He told us VoLTE will play a larger role in the wireless industry moving forward. HD Voice promises to let you talk while surfing the Web at 4G LTE speeds with no compromise in terms of data speed or voice quality.

EUAT&T was the first to announce VoLTE in its initial cities, with more to be rolled out,EU said Kagan. EUI think Verizon is talking about this now because they don't want to let AT&T have the spotlight. While Verizon will, of course, be a player in VoLTE, they are not ready to roll out services yet.EU

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