Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless moved closer to bringing voice calling to its
, having placed live VoLTE (Voice over LTE) calls over its commercial LTE network for the first time on Wednesday.
"This takes VoLTE calling from a lab environment to a commercial network for the first time anywhere on the globe," said Verizon, which expects to offer commercial VoLTE services in 2012. The technology promises to use spectrum more efficiently for voice calling because conversations are transmitted as data packets, making it unnecessary to tie up voice circuits for the entire length of conversations.
During the calls, participants used VoLTE-equipped LG Revolution Android 2 smartphones to dial out and receive VoLTE calls. Callers at both ends of a conversation were able to browse the Web and use other data services while participating in an LTE conversation, Verizon said.
The calls originated and terminated in Basking Ridge.