Earlier today, T-Mobile announced that it has pushed the button to launch its Voice over LTE service in Seattle. This means that Seattle-ites will be able to make regular voice calls using an LTE connection, and not have their phones switch to an older network technology to do so.
One slight caveat: Only specific phones will be able to make use of the service right away. T-Mobile stated that – after a software update – the Galaxy Note 3, LG G Flex and Galaxy Light would all be able to take advantage of VoLTE.
Counterpoint research released its worldwide smartphone survey for February and it showed that Apple ’s iPhones were in the top two positions with the 5s and 5c in first and second place. The 5s has also been the top selling smartphone worldwide since it was launched six months ago. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Note 3 were in third and fourth, respectively, for February. (Note that my family and I own Apple shares and I have sold put options which is a bullish strategy).
The top five positions did not change from January to February with Apple’s iPhone 4S taking the fifth position. What is interesting is that Xiaomi smartphones held the 7th and 10th spots in the February survey vs. the 6th position in the January survey.
The Verizon iPhone 6 needs one small, but important feature to catch up to what the AT&T iPhone has offered for years — support for talking and surfing at the same time. Sometimes this feature is called simultaneous voice and data, but what it means is users can talk on the phone and use the internet at the same time.
The iPhone 6 could very likely be the first Verizon iPhone to support talking and using the internet at the same time thanks to the launch of VoLTE this year.