VoLTE Demoed on the LG Revolution [MWC] [VIDEO]


Much noise has been made about VoLTE over Verizon’s network. It was revealed that the LG Revolution would be the first device to undergo testing for the service, and Verizon brought it to Barcelona with them for everyone to check out.

I got a demo from Steven at Verizon who showcased video calling over VoLTE. I wasn’t too geeked up about that bit considering video calling is something that’s been available for quite some time and on many devices.

And unfortunately they were unable to demonstrate the actual “voice” part of Voice Over LTE, but they slipped me some headphones to check out the difference between their narrow-band codec used for their 3G phones now, and the wide-band codec that’ll be used for calls between LTE phones.

I couldn’t capture this on video, obviously, but if what I heard is what Verizon will be bringing to the table, I’m impressed. The audio samples were crystal clear compared to the narrow-band codec where voice and music were muffled and tinny.

VoLTE will only work between two LTE phones, so if you’re calling someone who has a 3G phone, or if you have a 3G phone and call someone with an LTE phone, you’ll have to deal with their narrow-band codec. Both callers must also be within Verizon’s network.

Verizon expects all of their LTE phones to have this feature going forward, including the Motorola DROID Bionic and the HTC Thunderbolt. I asked Verizon about dates for these phones, but was still unable to get a clear answer. Check out our quick demo in the video above.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. LOL, what a gimmick. Only on LTE Phones, Only on verizons network???? HAHAHAHAHA EPIC FAIL!

  2. You are an idiot swazedahustla, “a gimmick”???? If older technology is not compatible with the new technology, it just won’t work. Have you ever tried to play a blu-ray disc on a dvd player? Does it work for you?

  3. @ swazedahustla I don’t think you know what the word gimmick means.

  4. The technology looks promising, hopefully the plans are affordable.

  5. @ swazedahustla

    no, not a fail at all.

    VoLTE is a STANDARD. Yes only on LTE, that would be what Voice over LTE stands for (VoLTE). Verizon is just first to do it publicly.

  6. Some might argue when it first came out, Blu-ray was a gimmick too. I mean if the tech isn’t there to support a new codex/product what diffrence does it make how amazing it is?

  7. @1.swazedahustla: Only Verizon has the ability of VoIP, so it isnt their fault. If/when other networks get/able to use it then of course it will be just fine. Remember, VZW bought that bandwidth from FCC during the auction so they can run their service at 700mhz and get their signal through more places and penetrate more buildings…more reliability less dropped calls than they have already. I know it’s weird…VZW being the FIRST at something, but that doesn’t mean it is a failure. It just means they have a goal in mind…to be the best.

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