Thanks to Jio, a discussion on 4G has become commonplace in the country. More specifically, a discussion on 4G VoLTE, since that’s the only kind of network Jio seems to be running on.
4G VoLTE phones (Voice Over Long Term Evolution) are the product of our ever fast evolving technology. They’re differentiated from 4G based on the fact that even calls are routed via their data network. 4G LTE involves your phone using a data channel for data, and switching down to 3G to run data calls. Result? You can’t use data and do calls on a 4G network simultaneously. The whole switching process also takes a toll on your phone battery. Jio is a 4G only network – which means your phone cannot switch to 3G when making calls. That’s where VoLTE steps in, allowing you to channel your voice call over the data network. To take advantage of this, you need 4G VoLTE enabled phones. And there are is than just a single benefit of using 4G VoLTE phones:
- High-Definition Calls
4G enables us to make voice calls with better clarity, similar to Facebook and Whatsapp voice calling. These phones have latency much lesser compared to 2G and 3G networks. The new technology uses 13 kbps codec compared to 8 kbps codec in the traditional ones.
- Browse and Talk simultaneously
We just talked about this. With your 4G VoLTE network, you can use date while you are on a call. This wasn’t possible before due to reasons we just highlighted. So no more losing out on downloads when you receive a call. This network won’t switch to GSM network during calls.
The fast network facility of 4G VoLTE lets you make real-time video chat, send video voice mails and instant messaging. These facilities can be enabled directly from one 4G smartphone to another without the support of a third party like Facebook or Skype.
- Similar (or cheaper) call rates
A less known fact about 4G VoLTE network is that the call rates don’t change. They are same as other mobile networks, which means no extra cost. In fact, networks like Jio are able to charge you much lesser than competition because they have invested in only one network – no costs on 2G and 3G support. Result? Better pricing and quality for the consumer.
- Increased battery life
Signals Research, Michael Thelander made a statement regarding the advantage 4G smartphone users have over others. They require much fewer network facilities compared to online video calling, thus extending the battery life of your phone. When your phone isn’t busy switching between 3G and 4G all day, there’s reduced power consumption, and therefore better battery life.
4G phones are now easily available in the market for us to buy. A few of the latest ones are:
- Apple iPhone 7
- Google Pixel
- LG V20
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and S8
- OnePlus 3T
- Lenovo Z2 Plus
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
- Lenovo K6 Power
- Vivo V5
- Oppo A37 (Are Oppo and Vivo worth it though?)
Sell your older device, and grab a VoLTE phone to take full advantage of the consumer revolution we’re about to witness!