What is VoLTE and does my smartphone support it?

Have you ever made a call where you can barely hear the other person on the other end of the line? That used to be very common with 2G/3G networks, but now with super fast 4G LTE network becoming the default mobile standard, not only can you view Whatsapp pics and messages very fast, you will also be able to make crystal clear HD voice calls using what’s called VoLTE or Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE).

Now, most users already know that 4G LTE offers super-fast mobile data north of 150Mbps. VoLTE rides on 4G’s super fast mobile data network to also carry HD voice calls. This means that unlike 2/3G, you can make a call while browsing the internet at the same time with VoLTE.

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VoLTE has up to three times more voice and data capacity than 3G UMTS and up to six times more than 2G GSM. That’s why it’s sometimes called “HD Voice”. VoLTE uses Adaptive Multi-Rate Wideband (AMR-WB) as its speech codec.

How to get VoLTE

To have VoLTE, both your smartphone and mobile network must be able to support the standard. Smile Uganda, for instance, carries a VoLTE network. The person you are calling should also have a compatible VoLTE handset for both of you to enjoy HD calls.

Related post: How to know whether you can connect to 4G LTE on your phone

You must first turn on VoLTE on your Android phone if it supports it. The method is variable depending on your smartphone. For instance for Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, J7, ON5, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series

  1. Tap Settings > Call.
  2. Tap Voice over LTE settings.
  3. Select Use VoLTE when available or Do not use VoLTE.

You can read the of the article for a list of smartphones with VoLTE support. Alternatively, you can download and Install VoLTE Checker App on your Android smartphone from the Google Play store. This App will tell you if your phone supports VoLTE or not.

How different is it from Wi-Fi calling/VoWi-Fi

VoWi-Fi is simply making calling voice calls over Wi-Fi network. Unlike VoLTE, VoWiFi doesn’t require one to have a sim card or pre-register to a mobile network. Over-The-Top (OTT) services like Whatsapp or Telegram or Wechat, for instance, can make voice calls over WiFi network as long as you have an account with these services.

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List of phones with VoLTE phones

There’s now a long list of devices that support VoLTE. If you have a 4G smartphone released later than 2016, chances are that it already supports VoLTE. Keep in mind that there so many devices which actually supports 4G LTE but doesn’t support VoLTE. 

Related post: 4G LTE smartphones: These are some of the smartphones that support 4G

list of VoLTE compatible smartphones
BrandVoLTE Phones
AlcatelAlcatel OneTouch X1
AlcatelAlcatel POP3
AlcatelAlcatel POP 4
AlcatelAlcatel POP Start,
AlcatelAlcatel Pixi 4
AlcatelAlcatel Pixi 5
AsusAsus Zenfone Go 5.0 LTE (T500)
AsusAsus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML)
AsusAsus Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML)
AsusAsus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)
AsusAsus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 (ZE500KL)
AsusAsus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL)
AsusAsus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL)
AsusAsus Zenfone 3 Laser(ZC551KL)
AsusAsus Zenfone 3(ZE520KL)
AsusAsus Zenfone 3(ZS570KL)
AsusAsus Zenfone 3(ZU680KL)
AsusAsus Zenfone Max (ZC550KL)
AsusAsus Zenfone Selfie (ZD551KL)
AsusAsus Zenfone Zoom(ZX551ML)
CelkonCelkon Q4GPlus
CelkonCelkon 4GTAB-7
CelkonCelkon 4GTAB-8
CelkonCelkon ACE,
CelkonCelkon POP
CelkonCelkon Q4G
GioneeGionee E8
GioneeGionee F103 (1GB)
GioneeGionee F103 (2GB)
GioneeGionee F103 (3GB)
GioneeGionee M4
GioneeGionee M5
GioneeGionee M5 Lite
GioneeGionee M5 Lite CDMA
GioneeGionee M5 Plus
GioneeGionee P5L
GioneeGionee S Plus
GioneeGionee S6
GioneeGionee S6s
GioneeGionee S7
GioneeGionee V6L
HTCHTC Desire 626
HTCHTC Desire 628
HTCHTC Desire 630
HTCHTC Desire 728 Dual SIM
HTCHTC Desire 820
HTCHTC Desire 820Q
HTCHTC Desire 820S Dual Sim
HTCDesire 825
HTCHTC Desire 826
HTCHTC Desire 826 DS
HTCHTC Desire 828 DS
HTCHTC Desire 830
HTCHTC Desire Eye
HTCHTC 10 Life style
HTCHTC One E9 S dual sim
HTCHTC One E9+ Dual Sim
HTCHTC One M9 Plus
HTCHTC One ME Dual Sim
HuaweiHuawei Holly 2 Plus
HuaweiHuawei Honor 4C
HuaweiHuawei Honor 4X
HuaweiHuawei honor 5C
HuaweiHuawei honor 5X
HuaweiHuawei Honor 6
HuaweiHuawei honor Bee 4G
HuaweiHuawei honor 6 Plus
HuaweiHuawei honor 7
HuaweiHuawei Nexus 6P
HuaweiHuawei P9
ItelItel SelfiePro it1511
ItelItel Wish it1512
ItelItel SelfiePro it1520
InFocusInFocus Bingo 50+
InFocusInFocus M370i
InFocusInFocus M425
InFocusInFocus M430
InFocusInFocus M460
InFocusInFocus M535
InFocusInFocus M535+
InFocusInFocus M680
InFocusInFocus M808i
InFocusInFocus M812i
IntexIntex Aqua 4G
IntexIntex Aqua 4G Star
IntexIntex Aqua 4G Strong
IntexIntex Aqua 4G Plus
IntexIntex Aqua Ace
IntexIntex Aqua Ace 2
IntexIntex Aqua Ace Mini
IntexIntex Aqua Craze
IntexIntex Aqua Eco 4G
IntexIntex Aqua GenX
IntexIntex Aqua Music
IntexIntex Aqua Power 4G
IntexIntex Aqua Raze
IntexIntex Aqua S7
IntexIntex Aqua Secure
IntexIntex Aqua Shine 4G
IntexIntex Aqua Strong 5.1
IntexIntex Aqua Super
IntexIntex Aqua Trend
IntexIntex Aqua Turbo 4G
IntexIntex Aqua View
IntexIntex Aqua View
IntexIntex Cloud 4G Smart
IntexIntex Cloud 4G Star
IntexIntex Cloud Crystal 2.5D
IntexIntex Cloud Fame 4G
IntexIntex Cloud Flash
IntexIntex Cloud Glory 4G/a>
IntexIntex Cloud Jewel
IntexIntex Cloud String HD
IntexIntex Cloud String V2.0
IntexIntex Cloud Swift
LGLG Stylus 2
LGLG K535D (LG Stylus 2 Plus)
LGLGH630D (LG G4 Stylus 4G)
LGLGH 442 (LGC70 LG Spirit LTE)
LGLG K500I ( LG X Screen)
KarbonnKarbonn Aura 1
KarbonnKarbonn Aura Power
KarbonnKarbonn Quattro L55 HD
KarbonnKarbonn Quattro L52 VR
KarbonnKarbonn Quattro L51 HD
KarbonnKarbonn Quattro L50 HD
KarbonnKarbonn Quattro L45 IPS
LeEcoLeEco Le 1s
LeEcoLeEco Le 1s Eco
LeEcoLeEco Le Max
LeEcoLeEco Le 2
LeEcoLeEco Le Max 2
LenovoLenovo A6600
LenovoLenovo A6600
LenovoLenovo A7700
LenovoLenovo A2010
LenovoLenovo A2020
LenovoLenovo A6000
LenovoLenovo A6000 shot
LenovoLenovo A7000
LenovoLenovo A7000 Turbo
LenovoLenovo K3 Note
LenovoLenovo Vibe K4 Note
LenovoLenovo Vibe K5
LenovoLenovo Vibe K5 Note
LenovoLenovo Vibe K5 Plus
LenovoLenovo Vibe P1
LenovoLenovo Vibe P1m
LenovoLenovo Vibe S1
LenovoLenovo Vibe Shot
LenovoLenovo Vibe X3
LenovoLenovo ZUK Z1
LavaLAVA A71
LavaLava A72
LavaLava A76
LavaLava A76 Plus
LavaLava A88
LavaLava A89
LavaLava A97
LavaLava Ivory S 4g
LavaLava V5 M
LavaLava Pixel V2
LavaLava V2s
LavaLava X10
LavaLava X11
LavaLava X12
LavaLava X17
LavaLava X28
LavaLava X38
LavaLava X41
LavaLava X41 Plus
LavaLava X46
LavaLava X50
LavaLava X50 Plus
LavaLava X81
MotorolaMotorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
MotorolaMotorola Moto G (2nd Gen)
MotorolaMotorola Moto G (3rd Gen)
MotorolaMotorola Moto G3 Turbo Edition
MotorolaMotorola Moto G4
MotorolaMotorola Moto G4 Play
MotorolaMotorola Moto G4 Plus
MotorolaMotorola Moto X (2nd Gen)
MotorolaMotorola Moto X Force
MotorolaMotorola Moto X Play
MotorolaMotorola Moto X Style
MicromaxMicromax Bolt Selfie
MicromaxMicromax Canvas 5
MicromaxMicromax Canvas 5 Lite
MicromaxMicromax Canvas 5 Lite Special Edition
MicromaxMicromax Canvas 6
MicromaxMicromax Canvas 6 Pro
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Amaze 4G
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Blaze 4G
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Blaze 4G Plus
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Evok
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Fire 4G
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Fire 4G plus
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Fire 6
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Juice 4G
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Knight 2
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Mega 2
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Mega 4G
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Nitro 4G
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Pace 4G
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Play 4G
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Pulse 4G
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Sliver 5
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Tab
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Unite 4
MicromaxMicromax Canvas Xpress 4G
MicromaxMicromax Unite 4 Plus
MicromaxMicromax Unite 4 Pro
SamsungSamsung Galaxy A3
SamsungSamsung Galaxy A5
SamsungSamsung Galaxy A5 2016
SamsungSamsung Galaxy A5 Duos
SamsungSamsung Galaxy A7
SamsungSamsung Galaxy A7 2016
SamsungSamsung Galaxy A8
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Alpha
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Core Prime
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Grand Max
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J Max
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J1 Ace
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J2
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J2 2016
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J2 Pro
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J3
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J5
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J5 2016
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J7
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J7
SamsungSamsung Galaxy K Zoom
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S5 Plus
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S4
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S4 4G
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S5 Neo
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S6
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S6 EDGE
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S6 EDGE Plus
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S7
SamsungSamsung Galaxy S7 EDGE
SamsungSamsung Note 3
SamsungSamsung Note 4
SamsungSamsung Note 5
SamsungSamsung Note 5 Duos
SamsungSamsung Note 7
SamsungSamsung Note EDGE
SamsungSamsung Grand Prime
SamsungSamsung ON 5
SamsungSamsung ON 5 Pro
SamsungSamsung On 7
SamsungSamsung On 7 Pro
SamsungSamsung Z2
SamsungSamsung Z3
SansuiSansui S50 FD45S
SonySony Xperia XA
SonySony Xperia XA Ultra
SonySony Xperia X (F5122)
SonySony Xperia Z5 Dual (E6883)
SonySony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual
TCLTCL Pride T500L
OnePlusOneplus One
OnePlusOneplus 2
OnePlusOneplus 3
OnePlusOneplus X
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA A2
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA Arc
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA L
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA I2 (1GB )
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA Arc 2
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA L2
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA I2 2GB
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA I2 3GB
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA I3
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA Switch
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA Icon T42
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA Icon 2
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA Mark
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA Turbo
PanasonicPanasonic ELUGA Note
PanasonicPanasonic P55 Novo 4G
PanasonicPanasonic P77
VideoconCube 3 V50JL
VideoconVideocon Graphite1 V45ED
VideoconVideocon Krypton 3 V50JG,
VideoconVideocon Q1
VideoconVideocon V50FA3
VideoconVideocon V50FG6
VideoconGraphite1 V45ED
VivoVivo V3
VivoVivo V3Max
VivoVivo Y51L
VivoVivo Y21L
XiaomiXiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
XiaomiXiaomi Redmi 2
XiaomiXiaomi Mi4i
XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 4G
XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 3
XiaomiXiaomi Mi5
XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 4G Prime
XiaomiXiaomi Mi Max
XiaomiXiaomi Redmi 3s
XiaomiXiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
XoloXolo Black-1X M
XoloXolo era 1X
XoloXolo era 2X
XoloXolo era 4G
XoloXolo era 4G
XoloXolo era X
YUYU Yuphoria
YUYU Yureka Note
YUYU Yureka S
YUYU Yureka Plus
YUYU Yunique
YUYU Yunique Plus
YUYU Yunicorn


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