True 4G Future Gets Closer, Qualcomm Successfully Completes VoIP LTE To WCDMA Tests

By now, we all know and love our 4G LTE network that the various carriers are providing for us. Still even now though, LTE is not used for any voice duties, only data. Verizon specifically uses 3G or CDMA for any voice calls, but thanks to a new test by a Qualcomm chip, the MSM8960 Snapdragon S4, full LTE use is in sight.

This new chipset allows for a single radio to handle the LTE/CDMA handoff seamlessly. This means there doesn’t need to be two separate radios for data and voice. What does this mean for the consumers? Smaller phones and better battery life without the need for multiple radios. When VoLTE (voice over LTE) becomes more commercially focused these chips will be invaluable to our phones.

Via: Engadget

Verizon Already Testing VoLTE Service in Two Markets, Nationwide Rollout Happens in Early 2013?

According to Catharine Trebnick of Northland Capital Markets who spoke with Light Reading, Verizon is already testing VoLTE (voice over LTE) in two markets and has plans for a nationwide rollout in early 2013. VoLTE is the future of LTE, which is a technology that allows users to place calls over the “web” or via data rather than through traditional 3G lines. The quality of calls is theoretically better and you can simultaneously use voice and data without needing an extra 3G radio. Also, things like video chatting become simple as they can be performed through a user’s phone number rather than a stand-alone service like Skype.

A nationwide rollout in 2013 does make sense, as Verizon’s current plan is to have LTE in every location that they have 3G by that time. Whether or not we see VoLTE service before then is anyone’s guess.

Via:  Light Reading, VZBuzz

Verizon Completes World’s First VoLTE Call Using an LG Revolution

Verizon just completed the world’s first Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) call, a 33 second long conversation between their director and manager of technology using an LG Revolution.  Word got out yesterday that they would be demoing this new VoLTE service at MWC, but the brilliant idea of testing it out before getting on stage must have crossed someone’s mind.

The press release states that the service will be optimized during 2011 and available some time in 2012, although earlier reports said the Revo would have it working by launch this summer.  Either way, the service will allow for amazing call quality and super fast simultaneous voice and data.  Nice work Verizon.

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LG Revolution is Verizon’s First to do Voice Over LTE, Demoed Next Week at MWC

The current setup for Verizon’s 4G LTE network lets users make calls on 3G and use data on 4G, but all that is about to change.  Big Red, according to reports, is readying a demo for next week at MWC using the LG Revolution that will show off Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) for the first time.  VoLTE will allow 4G phones to finally make calls and conduct video chats over the “web” which should results in higher quality conversations.  This technology is essentially the future of cell networks.

And since the Revolution will be the demo unit, it’s expected to be the first 4G LTE device to utilize the technology and should be available some time in the first half of this year.  We got our hands on it at CES and thought it was a solid device, but without a Tegra 2 powering it, it’s hard to think that many will skip the BIONIC for it.

Via:  CNN, Phandroid