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Verizon and AT&T work together to improve call quality for free

Verizon and AT&T work together to improve call quality for free
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It might come as a surprise, but the country's two largest cell providers are actually working to make service better for you. That might be hard to believe because of all of the bad press Verizon and AT&T have gotten lately due to throttling data speeds and overcharging customers. But, it's true. The companies are working together to bring high-quality voice calling to their customers across both networks.

Both companies are already in different stages of launching their voice over LTE services. That means they're starting to carry voice calls on the LTE network that had been previously used for data only. Sprint and T-Mobile also have voice over LTE plans of their own.

So, what's the big deal? Have you ever tried to talk to a friend on your cellphone, but the fuzzy, low-quality call made it a struggle to communicate?  LTE networks can carry high-definition voice calls that sound much clearer than standard cellphone calls.

There's one problem, though. As it stands, customers with voice over LTE capabilities can only call other people on the same network. Verizon and AT&T have announced plans to change that by cooperating to allow calls between the two networks by next year.

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