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[PSA] Sprint Soft Launches VoLTE

lilotimz

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Tim Yu
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Wednesday, October 2, 2018 - 9:00 PM PDT

Starting right now, October 3,2018 12:01 AM EST, Samsung Galaxy S8, 8+, and S8 Active users can manually download the firmware to remove Calling Plus from their devices and bring forth the VoLTE Opt-In toggle. 

Oh yeah. VoLTE is live on the Sprint Network™ as part of the VoLTE Soft Launch in the select markets. The roll out to the soft launch markets will be gradual over the next weeks.  So have at it you folks in the first soft launch markets that are going live!

Here are the first 15 initial soft launch markets with more following in the next few weeks. 

  1. Atlanta-Athens
  2. Chicago
  3. Dallas-Ft.Worth
  4. Houston
  5. Indianapolis
  6. Kansas
  7. Missouri
  8. New York City
  9. Oregon-West Washington
  10. Philadelphia
  11. Pittsburgh
  12. San Francisco Bay
  13. South Bay
  14. Southern Jersey
  15. Washington DC

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2 hours ago, lilotimz said:

S8 was selected as it was the test device with the largest concentration of users.

S9 is newer and was not as widely adopted so it was on the backburner. 

That makes perfect sense! Thanks for chiming in and adding value to the thread! 

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On 10/12/2018 at 6:21 AM, ceopwong said:

I'm in Denver (Longmont Hampton Inn) area and woke up this morning (10/12) to have my VoLTE on my S8. I'm not sure if it is only the site serving this area because I've not roamed outside of my hotel room yet but wanted to alert fellow Denver market members on here! 

I was nearby Lookout mountain and around the highways around Golden and got VoLTE as long as I got a decent signal. 

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Are there any updates on when the next round of VoLTE will be pushed?

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34 minutes ago, stlman314 said:

Are there any updates on when the next round of VoLTE will be pushed?

Already has. I'm doing a October summary blog post soon but generally speaking refer to this

You'll hear first from S4GRU when more news is available. 

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Will Sprint enable VoLTE on older iPhones such as the 6 or 6s?

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On 11/6/2018 at 6:54 AM, Wfmets45 said:

Will Sprint enable VoLTE on older iPhones such as the 6 or 6s?

The unverified rumor floating around reddit is that iPhone 8 and higher will get the ability to enable VoLTE when Apple releases IOS 12.1.1. 

There were changes made to the iPhone hardware components between the iPhone 7 and 8 models and the new IOS carrier bundle only has Sprint VoLTE code in it that works on that newer hardware.  It is possible to enable VoLTE on older iPhones as other providers have done so but they did so when those older iPhones were current. 

Since the majority of Sprint iPhone users have a phone released in the past 2 years, a special update just for the older iphones seems unlikely when they have to spend time working to get VoLTE rolled out for other newer phones.  Phones without VoLTE should continue to work for a while as Sprint previously said they are not planning on completely shutting down CDMA for a couple years.

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