It also allows Pixel owners to make mobile calls while roaming domestically or around the world
The death of 2G and 3G networks means that Voice over LTE support on the carrier and device sides will be crucial going forward. After all, VoIP apps are not a universal ointment, especially if you are trying to reach the emergency services. Google is making sure owners of its recent Pixel phones can use VoLTE wherever they are.
As the company explains on a dedicated Pixel Phone Help page (via 9to5Google), most users with a Pixel 3a or newer device can access VoLTE in the US, whether they’re a native customer or roaming on a different network – this also applies to foreigners roaming in the US – thanks to the June 2022 security update. VoLTE support should also apply to “many” carriers around the world and also to Pixel-toting US roamers.
Here’s the full list of Pixel devices that support VoLTE and VoLTE roaming:
- Pixel 3a and 3a XL
- Pixel 4 and 4 XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a (5G)
- Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
We’ve reached out to Google for carrier-specific information and will update this story if we hear anything.
The Pixel 3a was originally supposed to receive its last guaranteed security patch in May before Google promised an additional update in July.
AT&T shut down its 3G network in February this year. T-Mobile is set to finalize the shutdown at the end of this month, while Verizon gives itself until the end of 2022. You can learn more about the 3G shutdown and what you need to know about Voice over LTE support to the carrier by checking out our walkthrough. .
Owners of the original Pixel, Pixel 2 series and Pixel 3 series are advised to contact their carrier to see if their device supports VoLTE and VoLTE roaming. Moreover, they run the risk of not being able to make calls with those telephones in the near future, either at home or abroad.