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From left: PLDT-Smart Chair and CEO Manuel Pangilinan, Starmobile COO Michael Chen, PLDT-Smart Chief Technology and Information Advisor Joachim Horn, and Starmobile President Ulysses Lao

The future of voice calls is here. Filipino mobile manufacturer Star Telecom Alliance Resources, Inc. (Starmobile) and Smart Communications, Inc. showcased the Philippines’ first public Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call during the Smart Retailer Conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

No less than PLDT-Smart Chair and CEO Manuel Pangilinan and PLDT-Smart Chief Technology and Information Advisor Joachim Horn witnessed the call made on the new VoLTE-capable Starmobile Feature SmartEvo 1 featurephone at the Owner’s Circle Lounge.

“This is a momentous event and Starmobile is proud to be part of this pioneering effort,” said Starmobile COO Michael Chen. “Today, high quality voice calls like you never thought possible is now a reality.  With the new and affordable Starmobile Feature SmartEvo 1, we are making this world class, cutting edge technology accessible to our fellow Filipinos,” he added.

“VoLTE is the platform of the future in terms of improving the quality of mobile phone voice service available to our customers, and we are excited to partner with Starmobile to start bringing VoLTE-capable handsets to the Philippine market,” said Horn.

Earlier this year, Smart made the country’s first VoLTE call in a Smart facility on a live network.

VoLTE, unlike regular calls made on existing 2G or 3G networks, uses 4G LTE connectivity to send and receive voice data.

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