Updated: We're another step closer to crystal clear, buffer-free smartphone video calls

4G is excellent for superfast information speeds on your smartphone, however it’s rubbish when it founds call – although that’s about to alter as networks, including Vodafone, planning to bridge the gap.

In reality the Big Red has announced that it’s just finished its first effective Voice over LTE call at its UK lab in Newbury, Berkshire – following in the footsteps of rival network EE.

Make a get in touch with your 4G smartphone today and it’ll switch to an offered 3G, or perhaps 2G, network as the LTE service can just manage data. That means if you have got something downloading in the background then telephone it’ll certainly either slow right down, or stop altogether while you are on the blower.

The difference

With the capability to make Voice over LTE calls any downloads or other information activity won’t be influenced if you fancy a chat, but that’s not the only benefit to the service.

Customers must gain from increased call quality, connection speed and efficiency, while anybody who prefers some video calling action will certainly have the ability to enjoy hd calls without any buffering or pixelating.

Voice over LTE is also more power efficient, so you may see an enhancement in battery life on your smartphone too when the innovation introduces.

Vodafone has not given any concept of when its Voice over LTE service may roll out to clients, but with the first tests in the bag we are hoping we’ll not be left waiting too long.

A Vodaphone speaker told TechRadar: ‘We will be happy to communicate our industrial strategies once we’ve actually completed full screening of this new technology. We don’t have a specific date to show you at the moment.

‘Voice over 4G is a new innovation that’ll become a typical feature on 4G handsets over the next few years.’