T-Mobile Starts Rolling Out 5G-Powered Phone Calls


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We’re firmly within the 5G period now, however most telephones nonetheless have to modify again to 4G or LTE to make calls. That’s now altering, as T-Cell has began rolling out ‘Voice over 5G’ on choose telephones.

T-Cell introduced right this moment that it has began rolling out Voice over 5G, often known as VoNR or Voice Over New Radio, in “restricted areas of Portland, Ore. and Salt Lake Metropolis.” The function can be at present restricted to the Samsung Galaxy S21, however it can roll out to extra areas and telephones (just like the Galaxy S22) within the close to future. T-Cell says telephones utilizing Voice over 5G can have a shorter delay between dialing a quantity and the telephone beginning to ring.

So, why does it matter in case your telephone calls use 5G or not? Properly, it principally simply issues to T-Cell — the service has been constructing out its 5G community over the previous few years, however switching telephones again to the older LTE community only for telephone calls is a bottleneck on the method. Having every part operate over 5G (when a 5G connection is offered, anyway) simplifies the technical infrastructure and would possibly lead to fewer connection points for everybody.

The transition additionally opens the door for 4G and LTE to finally shut down, although that probably gained’t occur for a minimum of a decade. T-Cell simply began shutting down its 3G network this yr, together with Sprint’s legacy CDMA network, each of which had been purposeful for round 20 years.

T-Cell mentioned in a press launch, “The addition of VoNR takes T-Cell’s standalone 5G community to the subsequent degree by enabling it to hold voice calls, retaining prospects seamlessly related to 5G. Most significantly, VoNR brings T-Cell one step nearer to actually unleashing its standalone 5G community as a result of it permits superior capabilities like community slicing that depend on a steady connection to a 5G core.”

Supply: T-Mobile

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