HD Calling, wow

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dictoresno, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    Made my first HD call today and was actually confused/surprised. Most of our area has VoLTE but not many people I call have a compatible phone. I've browsed the net while on a call (Verizon) with my wife on her 5S but never actually used the calling side of it. Called a friend today with an iPhone 6 and instantly realized we were on an HD call. He didn't even realize it at first until I pointed it out. But wow, what a difference it makes. Good to see the future is finally free of muffled, tinny phone calls.
     
  2. BigMcGuire macrumors demi-god

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    Agreed... HD calling on Verizon is jaw dropping amazing. Always been pretty unhappy with the terrible call quality on cellphones from day 1. Only thing I've noticed is, dropped calls happen noticeably --- to be fair my apt only has 1-2 bars of LTE. Quality is amazing though. Can't wait till we're all on it.
     
  3. wxman2003 Suspended

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    Verizon is going to have to improve it's LTE footprint if they want people to use VoLTE. Dropped calls due to weak LTE signal strength will not make customers happy. That's the reason why I turned that capability off.
     
  4. dictoresno thread starter macrumors 601

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    I guess it depends where you are. Here in NJ, we are saturated with LTE. Even in the outskirts of Nebraska on the way to South Dakota in the middle of nowhere, I had LTE. Their footprint is spot on, it's the small pockets they have to work on. But for the most part they are blanketed. But not every market has VoLTE yet. I'm sure the best has yet to come since all carrier have adopted LTE as a whole.
     
  5. sarcosis macrumors 6502a

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    I had my first HD call a month or two ago on Verizon and was confused at first since I was expecting something else. But after a moment and my brain adjusted, it was amazing.
     
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  7. BigMcGuire macrumors demi-god

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    Very similar. As someone who has heavily used VOIP over the last 7 years - it's very high quality audio. Tho, unlike every facetime I've done, it can be used with the earpiece speaker instead of the phone's speaker too.
     
  8. avanpelt macrumors 68020

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    Actually, I'm pretty sure Verizon made VoLTE available every place they have LTE. AT&T is the one that's doing a slow rollout of VoLTE.

    Verizon just flipped the switch and let everyone with LTE service and a compatible handset try VoLTE at the same time. It happened around the time that the iPhone 6 and 6+ were released.

    My experience with Verizon VoLTE in Metro Atlanta has been excellent. I usually get two to three "dots" of LTE coverage depending on where I am in the house and I can count on one hand the number of dropped calls I've had since November.

    The biggest advantage to VoLTE, in my opinion, is being able to talk and use data simultaneously when not on Wi-Fi. I've been a Verizon customer for the past five years and have just gotten accustomed to telling people I'd have to call them back if I wasn't on Wi-Fi and needed to look something up online. It's nice that I don't have to do that anymore so long as I'm on LTE -- which I am around 99% of the time.
     
  9. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    I also have HD calling on sprint. Its very nice and clear, but it only works with people on the same carrier. Is this true with Verizon also?
     
  10. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Nope. VZW doesn't half ass their technology like Sprint. They have cross carrier compatibility with AT&T and TMobile. I've been on multiple HD Voice calls on my AT&T iphone 6 to buddies on VZW. Works great!
     
  11. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Are you sure those weren't FaceTime audio calls? Not to challenge you on this, but even Verizon claims that HD Voice is still in-network only:

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/support/advanced-calling-faqs/
     
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  13. JWorld127 macrumors 6502

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    "JAW DROPPING"..........hahahahaha
     
  14. sspire macrumors newbie

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    Don't know if your wife is still on 5s but if she is, strongly recommend "FaceTime Audio" since more people out there are going to be able to use it (they just don't know it's right under their nose). The quality is phenomenal. I'm sure comparable to VoLTE though I have heard FaceTime Audio might be slightly better. Either way, it's nice that technology is reaching the masses.
     
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  16. cableguy84 macrumors 6502a

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    Surely this is old news we've had facetime audio for ages
     
  17. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    I don't think that carriers count that as data against your allowance or anything like that.
     
  18. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    Love it too but we have a long way to go before I deem this as anything worth being excited about. Step one will be to get HD voice working between carriers. I make a lot of calls and I have clients on literally every carrier in the US.
     
  19. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    No for audio calls. Yes for video calls.
     
  20. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Not sure where you are, but in my area and most areas where I work, play, and travel, VZW's LTE coverage is fairy ubiquitous and definitely better than the other carriers.
     
  21. CE3 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm late to the party. I've been using iOS for over 3 years now and I'm just now discovering how much better a FaceTime Audio call is compared to cellular.. almost like you're in the same room. Love it.
     

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