Google released the June 2022 software update last week, which applies to a variety of Pixel smartphones (from 3a to 6 Pro), and will update Android on all phones except the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Security patch level raised to June 2022.
Google revealed that the June software update also enabled VoLTE roaming on these Pixel phones for the US and global carriers, including the following devices:
- Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a (5G)
- Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro
In 2021, the US operator announced that it will phase out its 3G network. As a result, some devices that do not support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) or VoLTE roaming may not be able to use voice calling services, including making 911 calls or losing connectivity when 3G networks are turned off.
International customers roaming in the U.S. with devices that don’t support VoLTE roaming will also “lose connectivity and/or voice calling capabilities on the affected carrier networks in the U.S.,” Google said. So if you’re traveling to the US, it’s a good idea to bring a VoLTE-enabled device and check if your carrier supports VoLTE roaming.
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