Verizon successfully tests VoLTE voice calling
They apparently made several successful calls from their Basking Ridge, NJ. headquarters. The first call took place at 9:54 AM EST, between two Verizon executives using LG Revolution devices. They proceeded to make several more test calls, in addition to accessing data while placing those calls.
Verizon CTO Tony Melone said that "Today is another proof point that the LTE ecosystem is alive, healthy and thriving...VoLTE will quickly become the global standard for delivering voice over LTE networks."
Verizon's 4G LTE network has been in place in major markets since December, but only supports data. The VoLTE will take voice calls from the CDMA band up to the higher-fidelity LTE bandwidth when available. Unfortunately, Verizon doesn't anticipate offering VoLTE until late 2012.
For more information on Verizon's VoLTE calling, keep an eye on our coverage of the Mobile World Congress next week, where Verizon will be showcasing the technology.
source: Yahoo! News
1. Sniggly (Posts: 6405; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
And the negativity slant against Verizon continues. "Decade old CDMA network"- the whole network is hardly a decade old. They may have been using the CDMA tech for a decade, but when the company spends 2 billion dollars a year on their towers, that's hardly a network that's a decade old as a whole.
"Unfortunately, Verizon doesn't anticipate offering VoLTE until late 2012." Well, FUCK, give them a little bit of time to REPLACE THEIR ENTIRE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR VOICE CALLING, whydontcha? I mean, come ON, you're talking about building an entire voice network from scratch, testing it to make sure it works, and then introducing phones capable of using it. It took them that "decade" to build out the best 3G network in the country-can't you give them credit for saying they could have an entirely new network completely ready in less than 2?
2. dido (unregistered)
YEAH!!! What he said^
3. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Give them time. Fair enough. But in the mean time, they will have the phrase "4G LTE" as bold as Dallas in every ad they run, and barely mention that they offer nothing for voice for possibly a couple of years, and that their fast data has no unlimited plan, no matter what the price, while a network that claim to have up and running, sits virtually unused. Something is fishy. They may have it running a few places in some limited capacity, but I don't buy all their inferences. It doesn't add up at all.
4. Sniggly (Posts: 6405; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Bai, they haven't even released the first 4G phone yet. They already have 4G modems up. 4G, just like 3G, just like 2G, all refers to data, this is obvious. They never claimed that 4G was for voice, and now they're saying it will be once they get their network squared away. They're smart to advertise the fact that they built their network to mostly readiness before they even dared release a phone for it-unlike Sprint, which jumped the gun with a phone that was nice but couldn't be used to its fullest potential in most places.
Also, there have been hints that there may BE unlimited data options for 4G; we don't know what the pricing or limits will be. Either way, even if there is a limit most people won't go over it. Unlimited is just nice to have.
At ANY rate, we will have to wait and see. Stop being a grumpy Gus.
5. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
I meant to say a phone with 4G on it, not meaning 4G voice per se. What do you mean we will have to wait and see what the pricing will be? It's here and it's expensive and it's not unlimited. Their LTE data prices virtually guarantee no one will want to use it unless they have no other option. And even then, they won't be able to use it much for the $90 a month they are asking for for a capped plan. Scam of all scams. All the while this phantom network sits empty. Still very fishy. Something wreaks of scam here. I doubt they really have 10% of what they claim. That's why they are making it illogical to even try to use it right now.
6. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Sorry, "only" $80 a month and capped. Sorry for the mistype.
7. Sniggly (Posts: 6405; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Actually, their broadband plans for the 4G modems are exactly the same as their 3G plans are. And it used to be 60 bucks for 5 gigs, with no 10 gig option period. 40 bucks got you 250 megs. That was on the 3G network, and the pricing is virtually the same for a mobile broadband card on EVERY NETWORK.
Furthermore, there is no pricing yet for a standalone data plan on a 4G smartphone yet. There's only the hotspot information, where the pricing is, once again, exactly the same.
So your argument fails. Yes, people WILL buy the broadband cards, because there are a lot of rural areas where cable service doesn't exist and satellite service is at dialup speeds. There are also people who love to travel everywhere and need to be able to access the internet regardless of the availability of wifi.
You're arguing with a former Verizon sales rep, dude. You're not going to win this argument. :)
8. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
bai... are you a ra-tard? your talking about 4g mobile broadband which is being used in every major city and suburban area. also the plans are virtualiy the same for every provider when it comes down to MBB. as for the 4g phones (that arent even released) dont have plan pricing yet and just as the LTE usb modems the phones will be able to use LTE data as soon as they are released some time before this summer. your cleary uninformed and biased....you also dont know how to read because this articule refers to voice.
9. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
lets not have the Sprint, Verizon ethics war. It who prefers what. Everyone knows Verizon is the BEST but maybe not the best for them. lots of cheap people prefer sprint and metro PCShit.
Honestly Id rather pay top dollar for the BEST service ALWAYS beeing updated and getting better, than pay for service while my ccarrier plays catch up with everyone else. and yes for the record im sick of hearing about the everything plan (+10 retarded fee) atleast when VZ charges you, you get what you pay for.