Starmobile has made another milestone by releasing another phone called the Starmobile FeatureSmart Evo 1, the first public VoLTE smartphone in the country in cooperation with Smart Communications and PLDT.
“This is a momentous event and Starmobile is proud to be part of this pioneering effort,” said Starmobile COO Michael Chen. “Today, high quality voice calls like you never thought possible is now a reality. With the new and affordable Starmobile FeatureSmart™ Evo 1, we are making this world class, cutting edge technology accessible to our fellow Filipinos,” he added.
“VoLTE is the platform of the future in terms of improving the quality of mobile phone voice service available to our customers, and we are excited to partner with Starmobile to start bringing VoLTE-capable handsets to the Philippine market,” said Joachim Horn, PLDT-Smart Chief Technology and Information Advisor
VoLTE, unlike regular calls made on existing 2G or 3G networks, uses 4G LTE connectivity to send and receive voice data. This means that apart from static-free calls, VoLTE is capable of ‘Fast Call Setup’ thus eliminating the usual 5- to 10-second wait time users experience when placing a call. Even compared to more popular VoIP or “Voice over Internet” services, VoLTE makes more efficient use of data which results in better sound quality.
“VoLTE is a feature usually found only in high-end devices which may cost an arm and a leg,” said Chen. “The Starmobile FeatureSmart™ Evo 1 costs only as much as a pair of jeans.”
For users to enjoy the benefits of VoLTE, both the caller and the receiver have to be using VoLTE-capable handsets on a VoLTE-enabled network. In areas where the service is not available, the Starmobile FeatureSmart™ Evo 1 can still be used to make regular 2G or 3G calls.
The Starmobile FeatureSmart Evo 1 will be available soon to the public.