When we were on the conference call for Verizon’s original 4G/LTE announcement All Things Digital’s Ina Fried asked about Voice Over LTE. It was a great question as Verizon is working on a nationwide 4G/LTE network and it would be nice to harness the power of LTE for doing things like, ohhhhhh making phone calls…
Well that’s all going to change soon and Verizon will demonstrate it using the LG Revolution handset that we saw at CES last month. Voice over LTE or VoLTE for short will conduct voice calls over the LTE network using the customers phone number as their identifier rather than an email address like Skype. Verizon’s
User to user calls over LTE will sound better than current calls over CDMA (3G) lines. Verizon’s Brian Higgins said “the high-definition audio fidelity will be a major selling point”.
For the past few years, and as recently as last Friday, AT&T has been teasing Verizon customers with their ability to use data and voice over the same network. That will all change with the release of the HTC Thunderbolt which will allow for simultaneous data (LTE) and Voice (CDMA). The next progression of that is to have simultaneous data and voice both over LTE, as they currently do it with GSM. That is on the way.
The LG Revolution won’t come out of the box enabled for VoLTE. Verizon will activate VoLTE in 2012. Verizon is still having problems with the data transfer going from LTE to CDMA and back to LTE. We are pretty sure they want VoLTE at 100% before rolling out so they don’t get plagued with “Dropped Calls”.
Needless to say it will be neat to see the demo at MWC