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Next gen LTE chips will use 50% less power and push VoLTE

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Next gen LTE chips will use 50% less power and push VoLTE
The dream of quite a few telco nerds is to finally get rid of the per minute mobile plans, or the per text plans, and just have a pipe of data streaming to your hand. One big piece to that puzzle is voice-over-IP (VoIP) or voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) as it has become known since everyone wants to brand everything with LTE these days. Anyway, the next generation of LTE chips from ST-Ericsson could help push this agenda because they are expected to support VoLTE and use 50% less power than current chips.

LTE chips have gotten quite a bit more power efficient since they first came out, but attempting VoLTE would still drain your battery pretty quickly, which would make the dream Google Wireless carrier be a bust from the start. But, make the next generation 50% more efficient and that opens up some possibilities, especially given that MetroPCS already has VoLTE live in select markets, and Verizon is planning to begin rolling out VoLTE this year in order to have it widely available by 2014. 

source: ST-Ericsson via BGR

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posted on 04 Jan 2013, 23:20

1. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)

its about time Verizon roll out VoLTE this year , how about LTE ADVANCE ? hope soon and get rid of super suck 3G right now.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 23:41 3

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I wouldn't be surprised if Verizon started rolling out LTE Advanced soon. They have money to blow for years.

Verizon's 3G speeds are like LTE when compares to Sprint's "3G."

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 09:12 2

6. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

In my area, 3G never gets over 1mbps, while i constantly get 20+ mbps on lte

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 09:19 1

7. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

Actually, Verizon 3G sucks pretty badly too- it's neck and neck with Sprint. Their LTE beats Sprint's WiMax though.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 10:10

8. tuminatr (Posts: 862; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

papa smurf I have both and honestly they are about the same. I do live in a network vision market and sprint 3g is usually 800k to 1400k there 4g is much faster I got a 29mbps down and 11mbps up the other day on sprint LTE 4g. My verizon phone performes almost identically on 3g it does not have 4g

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 06:18

4. jdubis (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

FYI Currently in order to have a substainable VoLTE a carrier would need Advanced LTE to deply make it work. Also Verizon has already anounced months ago that they will deploy VoLTE with Advanced LTE this year

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 02:07

3. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

Will Verizon release VoLTE like they did with LTE?? Only in a select few metropolitan areas? I presume so but I am just wondering whether or not it will take three years to roll out a network of VoLTE like they are doing with LTE.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 07:11

5. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

The roll-out wont be instant, but it should be fairly quick because the services requires upgrades to current systems rather than building it from the ground up. Also, major metro areas will be prioritized.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 14:52

9. TheTruthSquad (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)

I am going to drop VZW because I want a larger selection of phones. For example, Oppo is going to introduce a super phone this month that will not be available on VZW.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 15:40

10. steven252000 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)

Hmm.....voice over LTE. Would that mean that voice calls would use data? Thus a good money making reason Verizon did away with unlimited data?

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