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Sprint Targets Fall Season to Deploy VoLTE

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It's been over a year since Sprint started testing VoLTE as well as its market with different VoLTE-capable devices. All of these tests are being done ahead of the wireless network's plan for commercial deployment in a few months. And with all of the results of the testing, it looks like Sprint is getting ready to launch the network by fall.

A spokeswoman for Sprint shared that the company now has a network capable of providing a "great HD Voice experience" with an efficient 1x platform. Using this experience, the company is aiming for VoLTE network to be able to produce a similar high-quality experience for its customers.

Even though it's been a while since Sprint started testing the technology a few years ago, it never gave notice of a timeframe or when they intend to launch the network. Since 2014, the company has been investing solid money in VoLTE but never rushed its launch; despite other carriers doing so. Then again, these carriers found an issue with interoperability. And as a result, they've had to push back their schedule for deploying the network.

Despite the fact that Sprint was on the right track to launch VoLTE, the company still did not do this; at least not until they've achieved superior voice experience compared to what their customers get today. This is where the pressure for HD voice began.

U.S. Cellular, for example, carefully approached VoLTE. But despite this, they've had a "gap" in achieving HD voice. As a result, they've had their engineers move their gear to the top of the towers. Verizon was able to deploy VoLTE through its networks. This led to 100% of its LTE sites to be able to utilize VoLTE. AT&T also took a careful approach in launching VoLTE in 2015. By 2016, it was able to offer interoperable VoLTE to its customers, together with Verizon. T-Mobile claims to be the first carrier in the country to deploy VoLTE and have the technology operating 100% across its LTE network. Right now, however, 80% of all voice is done over VoLTE.

With a launch date set for Sprint, this could mean big news for its customers. Are you excited for this technology to launch?



Source: Fierce Wireless

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  1. Good news. :) Hoping that means Boost will get it as well.

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    1. yes, on Sprint Backbone

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    2. Backbone? Sprint is more of an invertebrate.

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  2. I have never experienced the "HD" part over 1x. Yes, it sounds more legible. But it is still WAY below GSM voice quality. I use voip over LTE whenever I can. Hopefully, VoLTE will be better.

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  3. Bla bla bla Sprint is always behind every other carrier and never delivers. It's funny how they talk about 5g when their 4g is useless in my area. Typical Sprint.

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    1. Sprint only meets the needs of a tiny part of the US population, due to its "hardly anywhere" coverage. But, in all fairness, there are people who live in these small areas in the US who never travel for whom Sprint is great, and if the carrier is good for them, that's fine.

      It's still a problem, though, for Sprint, which is about 19% as good as Verizon, to pretend that it is 99% as good.

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  4. So many naysayers about Sprint no matter where you go. Yeah, they're 4th, and yeah, they may fail, but they keep on plugging along and trying. I'm glad they haven't given up. I may the only one in this page that hopes they can finally get their feet in the ground.

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    1. "So many naysayers about Sprint no matter where you go."

      It's not just naysayers, it is all the aggregated reviews of customer experience, all the objective statistical comparisons of customer service, and of course customer choice which pile it on top of the fact of the network just being a lot worse.

      I'd rather they "plugged along" and made themselves into a good network, instead of "plugged along" with years and years of false promises.... face it, the 5G boast is only making people laugh.

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    2. My wife and I and our daughter's family use Sprint postpaid. The service, coverage and customer support are very good for us. My wife and I hadn't used them for 4 years before this. The network is much better now. Sprint never drops our calls when driving now, the problem we had with them before. The only negative I see is that network speeds are not as consistent as AT&T or T-Mobile speeds were for us. We either get blazing fast 100-120 Mbps down, or 1-3 Mbps down in a few spots. Typical is 10-13 Mbps, somewhat slower than AT&T. We're using two-year old iPhones without HPUE or 3CA.
      I doubt most of the perpetual critics of Sprint here on PPPN have tried them recently, using a modern phone and a plan with extended and roaming coverage. They usually just repeat irrelevant online criticism, ad nauseam. I doubt they change any minds; they just clutter up the site.

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    3. Thank you, Anonymous 11:14 AM :) Very well said.

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    4. I tried them a year ago, on a modern phone. I got 3G speeds where the other networks gave 4G or better. Roaming and "extended" means nothing: Sprint only only offers a tiny 200 mb a month on Verizon: a miniscule fraction of the average data needs of typical Americans. In "extended", Sprint says they may or may not offer data at all, which is why users report no data, or being cut off also after 200mb in the so-called "extended roaming" areas.

      Face it, native footprint is everything. And while it meets your needs, it doesn't fly for most Americans.

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    5. Sprint's LTE coverage is horrid. Their halfway decent 3G coverage is the only reason they're a viable service. VoLTE on Sprint sounds like a massive downgrade, with only the prospect of VoWifi possibly making Sprint tolerable.
      For the record, I'm posting this over my 1bar of Sprint LTE signal (tri-band, doesn't help), right in the middle of a large city. I know there are places where Sprint coverage is decent, I used to live in one, but your world has to be very small not to notice how horrid their coverage footprint is.

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    6. "I'm posting this over my 1bar of Sprint LTE signal ... right in the middle of a large city."
      Dump your junk phone and get a good one (or a real job). Our Sprint LTE coverage is excellent where we live and everywhere we travel.

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  5. Another "soon" empty pledge from the "NOW NETWORK," which really meant the "NEVER NETWORK." Eventually Sprint will run out of artificial life from the transfusion of outside investment and be allowed to die a survival of the fittest natural death.

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  6. Do any non-flagship Boost phones support VOLTE? Call quality on Boost is fine but I hope VOLTE will allow simultaneous voice and data.

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    1. Not yet..I'm guessing Sprint will have to get it underway in the fall first, like they said, and then give it to Boost.

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  7. More importantly, Sprint has tripled CAPEX to 6 billion per year and is rapidly deploying HPUE and 5G.

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    1. Too bad they don't have anything to show for it, and won't. Sprint is a dead horse.

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