Verizon VoLTE Now Available On iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Here’s How To Enable It

Here's a PSA from your favorite tech website (HotHardware, of course!): Verizon Wireless is now offering Advanced Calling 1.0 across its nationwide network on select smartphones. Advanced Calling is more commonly known as Voice over LTE, or VoLTE, with Verizon's offering a first-generation service suite available on just a handful of devices so far, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, LG G2, and Samsung Galaxy S5.

One of the neat things about VoLTE is that it allows for simultaneous voice and data. That means you can chat with Aunt Mabel about what to buy Uncle Lou for his 85th birthday while at the same time browsing online sites to price compare her suggestions.

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VoLTE also allows for High-Definition (HD) voice calls when both ends of the line are on its 4G LTE network. According to Verizon, these sound more natural than typical calls over cell phone networks. This is an emerging technology that Verizon says will work best with scale.

"Video Calling is simplified when using VoLTE technology. The contact list in the phone clearly shows, with a video camera icon next to the name, who can receive a Video Call, and a tap or two on the phone starts the call so you can speak to friends and family face-to-face," Verizon explains. "Customers control Video Calls, easily switching to a voice-only call from a Video Call and back with a tap on the phone. The audio portion of a Video Call is delivered in HD Voice."

To enable VoLTE on your iPhone, you first need to visit Verizon's website and add the feature to your account. Once you do that, make sure that the "Voice & Data" option is enabled on your iPhone (and the same goes for the recipient). You'll find this option under Settings > Cellular > Enable LTE > Voice & Data.