Telstra Switches On VoLTE

Telstra Switches On VoLTE

Danger, danger. High VoLTE! As if 600Mbps download speeds weren’t enough for you, the new gear from Telstra keeps on coming. The telco has just announced support for Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) for its customers. Here’s what that means.

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In layman’s terms, it means your calls sound way better. Behind the scenes, it’s a little more complicated. VoLTE sends your call over a data channel rather than a typical voice channel. That means your call gets connected way faster, and ensures a more consistent experience when using data while on a call. Voice and data signals stay on the same network frequency, meaning your phone isn’t constantly switching between 3G and 4G.

Only a few phones carry VoLTE support with Telstra, including the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ phones and the new Sony Xperia’s that will soon ship through the telco.

The roll out will start today with post-paid consumer customers, and will soon hit Telstra Business customers, followed by those in the pre-paid network. [Telstra]