T-Mobile today announced a huge breakthrough for its 5G network. Using its unique 5G network, T-Mobile has enabled voice over 5G, which means a “true” 5G connection always, even when making a phone call.
For now, Voice over 5G (VoNR or Voice over New Radio) is limited to Portland, OR and Salt Lake City, so it’s not a technology you can use right now. T-Mobile said it plans to expand to more fields and new devices throughout the year. To begin with, only the Galaxy S21 series will be able to access VoNR, but the Galaxy S22 will join later.
The biggest thing you need to know here is that T-Mobile’s standalone (SA) 5G network allows it. Their SA 5G does not need to be anchored on a 4G LTE network, so in general, you should get faster speeds, improved responsiveness and better overall connectivity while on it. At the moment they are the only carriers with a distinct 5G. Neither Verizon nor AT&T launched it.
T-Mobile suggests that voice calls over 5G should be noticed with a “slightly faster call set up time” with less delay between dialing and the phone ringing. It’s a small thing sometimes, isn’t it? But really, the idea is to go all-in or 5G connection to 5G without the need for LTE, and they’re one step closer to the news.
So again, VoNR’s first launch is via the Galaxy S21 line in Portland and Salt Lake City. More areas and cities like the Galaxy S22 will get this benefit later this year.