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AT&T and Verizon to work on interoperable VoLTE calling

AT&T and Verizon are finally teaming up, and not for any project, but to develop VoLTE calling interoperability! The US carriers are working together to bring the voice over LTE feature work across carriers. This could possibly mean that soon™ you will be making calls from one carrier to another by using LTE rather than 3G technologies.

VoLTE is an all-IP technology meant to improve voice quality and add other services to the mix. VoLTE currently works within a carrier network which means, when you call to a number in another carrier, you will switch back to 3G networks, even if they are VoLTE capable.

Why would AT&T and Verizon work with one another? Because it may benefit them both on the long run. What would be the point of creating interoperable VoLTE calling if you can’t test it or use it with another carrier? This way they may get more customers and fewer complaints, along with better call service. The feature is expected to come live sometime in 2015.

Source: Verizon

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[IFA Berlin] US carriers availability for Samsung’s Note 4 and Note Edge

US carriers always want their customers to know which devices they will be getting, especially when it comes to flagships and popular manufacturers. This is the case with Samsung, who announced its Note 4 and Note Edge today at IFA Berlin. Samsung Note 4   In the US, you will find the devices at T Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, and you can already signup for your device if you are eager to get one. US Cellular will only be offering the Samsung Note 4 for now. Pricing was not announced. 

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Google close to shutting down Nexus Family; Silver program to launch soon

Google will kill off its Nexus program used to be just a rumor, but now things show it is closer to reality than ever. A new program will take its place and it will be called Silver, as rumors say. Google is trying to take control of Android in what concerns the software side and this means Google wants less bloatware and faster updates on products.

The Silver program will allow five devices to carry the Silver branding and they will be sold in carrier stores at special prices and not on Google Play. Google hopes it will expand its project into creating Sliver boots in carrier stores with trained staff, which will increase the chances of customers migrating over to Silver products.

Silver handsets could feature important apps such as lost phone app suites, loaner phone programs or 24×7 support over Hangouts.

Nexus 5, source John Karakatsanis/Flickr
Nexus 5, source John Karakatsanis/Flickr

Phones selected by Google will run close-to-stock Android OS, which means a good thing if we take into consideration the fact that the already loved Nexus line is going away and most of the popular phones have changed UIs and OS. Apart from taking Nexus down, Google will be paying for the hardware partners, including promotion and getting the said devices in carrier stores.

LG and Motorola are closest to sealing such a deal with Sony, Samsung and HTC still on the line to join. There is no launch date rumored yet.