While wireless data is important and a focus of many large screen smartphones today, voice calling is still an important form of communications. T-Mobile was the first to introduce HD Voice back in 2013 and today announced Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) that brings higher quality and reliability to its network.
The new LG G5, see my review, comes with support for EVS out of the box. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, see my review, and S7 were updated this week by T-Mobile and are now EVS-capable. T-Mobile plans to have four more smartphones enabled by the end of 2016.
T-Mobile states that EVS provides:
- Voice call reliability: Customers will see more reliability in areas of weaker signal, which means the rare dropped call on LTE will happen even less frequently.
- Higher-fidelity calls: HD Voice is fantastic, but EVS is reportedly even better. EVS provides better quality calls with a broader audio frequency range, which translates to richer, more realistic-sounding voice audio.
- EVS works all the time: EVS works whether you're on Wi-Fi or the T-Mobile LTE network.
If you call others that do not have an EVS-capable device or are on another network, you will still see benefits from the enhanced voice experience. Since I have a couple of supported devices and a couple of T-Mobile SIM cards, I plan to test out this new EVS functionality.