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Samsung Announces Galaxy S III to be First HD Voice Over LTE Phone Globally

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Aug 10, 2012.

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    Just a few days ago, MetroPCS announced that they were rolling out their Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network in the U.S., and the LG Connect 4G would be their first phone to offer the service. Not to be outdone, Samsung has just announced that their new flagship, the Galaxy S III will be the first globally available HD VoLTE device. So, technically, the SGS3 wasn't the first VoLTE device, but their distinction to be the first globally available phone to offer that service is notable.

    Regardless, the fact that they are pushing forward with this technology is quite appreciated. How quickly we see this tech develop will depend upon the carriers and how quickly they move to adopt it. While that is the eventual plan for carriers like Verizon, AT&T and others, they will want to control the rate at which it moves to fit their agenda. In the long run, this will do nothing but benefit the profit margins of these companies because it moves cell-phone calls off of the old cellular networks and makes us use up our data limits faster. Because of this, you can probably expect them to move quickly on adopting it.

    Obviously this is a bit of a negative, but in the long run, VoLTE will be the wave of the future, and its promise of better and more reliable calls might be worth the growing pains.

    Samsung announced that the first international carrier to start offering the service will be South Korea's SK Telecom. Here's a quote below from the Samsung press statement,

    Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey!

    Source: S3Forums via Samsung
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    Kewl. The s3 is an awesome device.. I like the at&t version far more than vzw's version..

    I wonder who's going to follow... ?
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    Wasn't the LG Revolution "technically" the first voLTE device? Cause, I remember verizon was using that phone to demonstrate the technology a year ago.
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