Voice over LTE is a feature that can give you higher quality voice calls using an LTE network, and today Sprint has confirmed that it's launching VoLTE on its network.
Sprint is now rolling VoLTE out, but it's a soft launch to start. The feature is only available on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active for now, and it's only being offered in select markets:
If you've got a Galaxy S8, S8+, or S8 Active and you live in one of the markets listed above, you can enable VoLTE by going into Settings > Connections > Voice networks on your device and flipping VoLTE on. Sprint does say that it'll add more VoLTE-compatible devices and markets in the coming weeks, so if you don't see your device or city named above, stay tuned.
The big yellow carrier has also confirmed that launch of VoLTE is meant to replace the Calling Plus feature that it deployed to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ last year. Calling Plus combined Wi-Fi Calling and LTE Calling that offered VoIP capabilities using Sprint's LTE network, but Sprint says that it's replacing Calling Plus with VoLTE because VoLTE is "a much more capable platform that also supports simultaneous voice and data, over more Sprint devices with better voice quality."
It's great to see Sprint launching VoLTE, even if the deployment is limited at first. VoLTE offers greatly improved voice call quality using the LTE network as well as simultaneous voice and data. The feature has been available on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon for some time, and now Sprint customers can experience the benefits of VoLTE as well. Hopefully Sprint can expand VoLTE to many more devices and markets quickly.