AT&T Will Roll Out HD Voice Next Month

By 01:06 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 Comments


AT&T will finally enable HD Voice in its network on May 23 but there's a catch. Actually, strike that – there are multiple catches. Note that HD Voice here refers to the VoLTE-based version. That means it actually requires an LTE network (unlike standard HD Voice), but you can continue using data while talking.




So, here are the things to see out for. AT&T is only rolling out the recent HD Voice in selected areas and both you and the person on the other side of the call line need to be in one of those areas. At launch this will mean parts of Illinois, Indiana, Minneapolis and Wisconsin.

Furthermore, both you and the other person need to have an HD Voice-enabled phone.

And for the final catch, currently only the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini qualifies. Not even the bigger Galaxy S4, or the newer Galaxy S5 would do, though we're sure those will eventually acquire a firmware upgrade.

A fine deal of countries launched the 3G version of HD Voice in 2010 or 2011 (starting as early as 2009, here's the list), so it's fine for AT&T to finally catch up.

The benefits of the recent standard are easily noticeable. Here's a demo that shows the kind of incompatibility that HD Voice makes. It will really be worth it once it gains wider support.

T-Mobile and Sprint have been rolling out HD Voice on 3G since last year, Verizon plans to go the VoLTE route like AT&T soon.

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