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T-Mobile launches next-gen ‘EVS’ voice calls on Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and LG G5

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The users who use a smartphone and network that supports voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls know better that how the combo of both results in a much clearer voice call output. And with more smartphones coming with VoLTE support, we can hope for a better calling experience. However, this has two sides as not every call made with VoLTE utilize the technology as much. T-Mobile has pulled up its socks to provide Enhanced Voice Services (EVS). The company announced it on its blog post.

Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s CTO, wrote in a blog post,”EVS is a true next-gen voice technology that delivers some incredibly cool benefits to our customers and I’d bet that we’re the first in the nation, if not the world, to deploy it. We never stop innovating and improving the network experience.” The company claims that its users will hear a better sound quality regardless of what network they are calling to.

For starters, T-Mobile is going to roll EVS to three latest smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, and the LG G5. Interestingly, the G5 already supports EVS right from the start while the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have recently received a firmware update to enable it. EVS will go live across all of T-Mobile’s network from today, for the users who are using the aforementioned devices. T-Mobile is planning to roll out EVS on a total of seven smartphones by the end of this year.

T-Mobile also touts that there are numerous factors that put EVS above HD voice calls. The new technology is claimed to enhance the reliability of voice calls even in low network areas. “EVS does this with a broader audio frequency range, which translates to richer, more realistic-sounding voice audio,” the blog post reads. EVS is claimed to work well even if the network you’re calling provides HD / VoLTE calling support or not. But, the voice quality will only be awesome for the person who is calling via EVS, not the receiver who lacks support for it. This is mainly due to the EVS Codec that catches a wider audio frequency range, which enables it to receive clearer voice audio.

Interestingly, T-Mobile’s CTO, Ray, mocked competitors by saying, “And the carriers? Today, they’re just beginning to work with VoLTE. And I assure you, they’ll deploy the technology like the tired old telecoms they are. You’ll never catch my team resting. We’re continuing to push the LTE network as far as it can go.”

Well, we believe that it would be pretty interesting to see how EVS performs on – LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and Galaxy S7