Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) partners with Samsung in rolling out Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) services, which will be initially available to selected subscribers.
Smart customers can also make VoLTE calls using Samsung smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, Galaxy S9 and S9+, Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+, and Note 8 and 9. This technology is also available in mid-range Samsung handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy A series.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10+, Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy A70, A50, A30 and A10 are among the devices being offered with the Smart Signature Device Plans.
These handsets also support Smart’s VoWifi or Wifi Calling service, which was activated last year.
Smart recently activated VoLTE across its LTE sites in Metro Manila. VoLTE is the first, fully IP based carrier-grade voice service and uses LTE/4G to transmit voice calls.
This is unlike the current setup, where users shift from the 4G network to 2G or 3G mobile networks in order to make a voice call.
VoLTE’s main benefit is the high-definition voice call quality. Calls made over VoLTE are superior in quality compared to calls made over 3G and 2G, and VoLTE-to-VoLTE calls are crystal-clear, with almost no background noise.
VoLTE also enables faster call setup, which means the amount of time it takes for a mobile phone to connect to another for a voice call is also drastically reduced.
All these benefits will be available when calling other VoLTE users, or Voice over Wifi (VoWifi) users
As they no longer have to shift to 3G or 2G networks, VoLTE users also stay online on the fastest 4G/LTE network with their data applications even when making or receiving a call. This means that a user can simultaneously be in a voice call, while actively using high-speed data for other applications.
With VoLTE-capable handsets, customers can make VoLTE calls using their phone’s native dialer, and will not require a separate, over-the-top (OTT) application.
Compared to OTT apps, VoLTE delivers better voice quality, and also guarantees that the receiver of the call is reached, unlike OTTs that require both caller and receiver to be online and on the same app.
Last year, Smart also activated VoWifi services or Wifi Calling, which lets customers make and receive calls and text messages over a Wifi connection using their smartphone’s native dialer, without having to install a third-party app.
Apart from improved calling and messaging experience, Wifi Calling also offers extended network coverage, as customers can make and receive voice calls, as well as video calls, wherever there is Wifi connection.