LG Revolution

Verizon wireless announced today that they have completed the first ever voice call over LTE, using a pair of Android powered LG Revolution smartphones.  Rumors have been flying about the phone launching with voice and data over LTE, but we can stop those right now -- Verizon will be using 2011 to optimize the process, and "commercial services" will become available in 2012.

While on test calls, simultaneous voice and data was tested with online chat, web browsing, and using the Android Market. There will be further demos at Mobile World Congress, and we'll be sure to have a look. 

From all reports, this looks like a very successful test and things are pushing forward -- with Android leading the way.  Read the full press release after the break. [Verizon]

Verizon Wireless Announces World's First Successful Voice over LTE Call on a Commercial LTE Network
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Chief Technology Officer Tony Melone has confirmed that the company's technologists placed a live, IMS-based VoLTE (Voice over LTE) call over its commercial network on Wednesday morning.  This takes VoLTE calling from a lab environment to a commercial network for the first time anywhere on the globe.
The initial call was placed at 9:54 a.m. ET Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 by Balaji Raghavachari, manager of technology for Verizon Wireless, using a LG Revolution 4G smartphone.  The call originated at Verizon headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J. and was received by Sanyogita Shamsunder, director of technology for Verizon Wireless, who was also on a LG Revolution 4G smartphone in Basking Ridge.  The initial call was 33 seconds in duration.  During additional calls made that morning, the technologists were able to browse the Web and use other data services while participating in voice calls.
Melone said, "Today is another proof point that the LTE ecosystem is alive, healthy and thriving.  VoLTE will quickly become the global standard for delivering voice over LTE networks."
"The GSMA launched a voice over LTE initiative a year ago with the aim of driving a single, industry-wide solution for voice and messaging services via IP," said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer at the GSMA.  "We commend Verizon Wireless for helping to make this a reality by conducting the world's first voice call over a commercial LTE network. The progress made by the GSMA, its members, and in particular Verizon Wireless, to enable this functionality will play a crucial role in driving strong momentum and vast economies of scale for LTE all over the world."
Subsequent test calls lasted more than 10 minutes.  Technologists browsed the Web, participated in chats and downloaded applications from the Android Market™ while on a voice call.  The LG Revolution smartphones were running on the Android 2.2 platform.
Verizon Wireless plans to enhance VoLTE with rich communications services and optimize performance on its commercial 4G LTE network during 2011.  Commercial services are expected to be available in 2012.  
Verizon will showcase IMS-based VoLTE calls over a demonstration network in its booth (Hall 8, stall 8C55) at GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, next week.  For more information about LTE, visit www.verizonwireless.com/LTE.  
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, Nasdaq: VOD).  For more information, visitwww.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

 
There are 13 comments

reverepats says:

DAMN....I totally wish i was on verizon...so I could take advantage of the SEXY looking device....woo

abocornwall says:

Does this mean we can't buy any lte phones until 2012 and if so I bet the 4G network crashed they said don't sell the thunderbolts because we need to take 2011 to optimize the network. Lol

Blah says:

LTE will be data only at first, but voice on non-LTE. You'll get both with the phone.

Jude526 says:

The Thunderbolt will be capable for use on 3G Verizon won't have the 4G everywhere The Thunderbolt is slated for both 3G and 4G no worries

mhmmdy123 says:

It`s old news, Sprint it has this service on the HTC EVO and the EPIC
4G long time as long you are on the 4G cover.. Good luck VZW user wait until 2012, we as Sprint been using it since the EVO released... But thanks to Mr. Jerry never mentioned Sprint on his comment at all.

bizzy87 says:

Sprint's 4g(wiimax) = 3g on steroids, different than 4g LTE by verizon. I don't even think the EVO does voice over their wiimax anyway. Eventually they'll make the switch. At&t's hspa+ is switching to LTE later in 2011 for example.I think the term 4g is used rather loosely. Good luck sprint user on waiting for new phones to come out btw, it seems a lot of people are disappointed with sprint for not staying up to speed with new devices(echo?). If they don't bounce back then they're gonna be exactly how they were before the evo rolled out.

fwdixon says:

more accurately Sprint "4G" (Wimax) = WiFi on steroids. Very different tech trying to accomplish the same end result with arguable more hardware limitations in the long run. One major difference is the continued reliance on their CDMA network for voice calling, when Verizon's CDMA network will ultimately be replaced by their LTE network.

dwd3885 says:

WiMAX works great and it's as much 4G as LTE is. Also, none of these LTE phones are actually out yet. So who cares? In fact, none of the phones announced at CES are actually out, while Sprint has had 2 4G phones out since summer and another in January.

Sprint could easily announce a phone in March and it be released by April. Think about Verizon saying most of their stuff won't come out until 'by 2nd quarter', meaning summer.

tim6253 says:

The Thunderbolt comes out this month. Btw, 2nd quarter is Spring, not summer. Wimax is nothing more than a battery killer that you have to switch on and off like wifi. Lte will be always on, like 3G is now.

ak110707 says:

Whats alarming to me is that their slated to get LTE devices this month and today is [apparently] the first successful call. Glad they tested it before we got our hands on a device. A press release about the first successful test a month before launch is sloppy... This might come off as trolling, but they really should have had tests before their LTE network was released as voice over LTE was a priority since early standardization. I wonder if the Thunderbolt and Bionic will be able to do voLTE calling.

tim6253 says:

This is about voice over Lte, not data. Do you people even read? The Evo does voice over CDMA, not Wimax. VoLte won't be available until next year. It's not Data that they tested today. I've got to stop reading comments. So much stupidity and ignorance.

ak110707 says:

This was a priority set by the 3GPP. voLTE was a huge underlying piece of the standard. Its a bit aggravating that they wont be releasing voLTE until next year and rolled out their network not supporting it. voLTE allows VoIP (data packets) to flow as data does. The paradigm will shift, ppl don't understand voice merged with data yet, understandably since our phones do them both so well. Give it time.

mercury694 says:

I see why it may matter to Verizon, but this seems pretty irrelevant to the end user. While LTE data is nice, I don't really need faster voice transmission. The same old "slow" voice I've been enduring for decades has been adequate. Am I missing something important?