MetroPCS Fires Up World’s First Voice Over LTE Network, South Korea To Follow Tomorrow On GSIII!!!!!
At times a lot of us probably forget that the Android device in our pockets also works as a phone( you know to make calls? LOL) and some big news has come out today on that front. The first Voice over LTE network has been fired up and is it a big name like Ma Bell or Big Red, nope it is MetroPCS. Down in Dallas-Fort Worth you can now turn on your LG Connect 4G and take advantage of this service.
What is Voice over LTE? This uses an IP data packet network instead of the more common circuit switched connections that are used by 3G networks currently. For the user this means potentially clearer phone calls and the ability to take full advantage of the phones radio spectrum, leading to better coverage. MetroPCS’s network reaches just over 280 million people, which is not a big footprint but this is just the start of the rollout of this new voice technology. South Korean carrier SK TeleCom has announced that they will be turning on the switch on their 4G LTE Voice network tomorrow and will immediately be selling Samsung Galaxy S III phones equipped to take advantage of this new service. Those who have already purchased a GSIII on SK will be receiving a software update that allows them Voice over LTE by the end of the month. In the meantime, both Verizon and AT&T are working on their own VoLTE networks but don’t expect them untill next year.