Verizon will have Voice-over-LTE in early 2014
By the end of this year, Verizon will have VoLTE capable phones available and a commercial launch of the service will begin early next year. If this schedule remains intact, and we have every reason to expect that it will, it will mark a milestone in which the carrier’s incumbent 3G/EV-DO network could consider itself on borrowed time.
Of course, it will be years before we see the lights turned off on the 3G network, but by eventually converting subscribers to an all IP solution, the role of traditional telephony in a cellular network will then cease to exist. By handling everything like data, traditional circuit-switched services will no longer be needed.
Ms. Palmer said that Verizon is currently ironing out the details to install wideband codecs across the LTE network to ensure proper quality-of-service (QoS) for clear voice calls over the data network. By October we can expect to see the first VoLTE capable phones, and starting in 2014, the first devices without CDMA radios will make an appearance.
source: Light Reading
1. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
With the way Verizon prices their data, I see more wallet-rape in the future.
3. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 864; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
That was the reason for offering family plans as they are priced. With VOIP every thing will be data....talk, text web all will be through data. Now as it stands talk is digital 3g CDMA and separate. Verizon's Vice President Shamo mentioned this in one of his stock investor reports. Customers were being herded to LTE family plans for obvious reasons, and their LTE response was beyond their wildest dreams making g profits as high as 44%.
Imagine families with 1-2 gigs of data all receiving and making calls and text. Within a week or so they will be over their plans and need to raise the limits or face steep overage cost. Here's mud in your eyes because until Sprint goes this way I have unlimited data.
All is not lost Sprint will be covering most all major markets with LTE and Verizon customers will cross over, and so will AT&T's customers. Verizon knows this and that's why they attempted to buy Clearwires spectrum for 1.2 billion dollars. They want to slow Sprint down from their future aspirations!
21. Goldeneye (Posts: 353; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
I don't think Sprint has the spectrum to even cover what Verizon is covering right now with LTE, maybe their max would equal what at&t is blanketing now, that's why Sprint doesn't have a very bright future on its own, Softbank or Dish is the way to go for them.
10. Ralston1983 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
I just want to say that once sprints lte network catches up to Vzw or att, they'll just do the same towards plans and pricing. Sure they probably won't be as expensive, but the concept will still be the same
11. true1984 (Posts: 589; Member since: 23 May 2012)
Well lets hope not, or google will have their wireless network set upby then
18. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 864; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I agree they may but you will have the opportunity to stay grand fathered in.... and I hope Google does wirelees like they are doing their fiber optics network!
2. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
First they took our unlimited data now they are taking out unlimited talk whats next
4. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 864; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
LOL.....feels good getting your wallets raped doesn't it. I looked at the cheapest Verizon offering, and it cost 90.00 for limited data text and 300 minutes.
Here in NYC I get LTE almost every where I get 16.5mbs down and as high as 8mbs up on a regular in my Area of the Bronx!
The best thing is that it cost me $79.00 a month and I have traveled from Massachusetts to Orlando Florida driving and chatting with out dropping one call on I95.
This is not meant to jab at who is better but to show some of you that Sprint will be finished with their LTE networks in most major markets and they are so far your best bet if you live in Areas offering LTE. Their 3G network is offered pretty much every where you travel so far in my experiences.
Since I use my phone mostly for calling I stayed with Sprint during it's grown LTE pains and I am happy that I did.
5. JunitoNH (Posts: 895; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
You shouldn't be driving and chatting, get someone killed :P
13. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 864; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I had a bluetooth head set "genius" see what happens when you assume!
9. teerex42 (Posts: 159; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)
Sprint??? hahahaha you're joking!!! Sprint does not compare to Verizon with their 4G coverage or speed. You get what you pay for. Verizon's 4G will cover all of the US before the end of this year!! Everyone else if they're lucky, they might be done by sometime next year. I get anywhere from 15 to 30 down and 10 to 20 up. A friend of mine on US Cellular's 4G is lucky to get 8 down and 4 up. Now Verizon did say when 4G first came out that we should expect speeds to be anywhere from 5 to 12 down and 2 to 5 up. So far its been well above that AND they're talking LTE advanced with is true LTE with even faster speeds sometime next year. MY next phone the S4 will have 5G capabilities ;) the 1st phone to offer that.
12. true1984 (Posts: 589; Member since: 23 May 2012)
Really? I didn't read anywhere that the S4 will have 5G capabilities where did you here that? I'm not trying to be a jerk or anything I just haven't heard that before
22. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)
5G is the 5Ghz band over WiFi that has been available for a long time. Nowadays all high end phones should come standard with that feature. The Galaxy Note II has it, so I don't see why the S4 should be any different. But the 5G does you no good if the WiFi router you are connected to doesn't support the band.
14. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 864; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Sprint will have most markets covered in 4g and had you taken the time to read what I said you would not be making such ignorant rants. Sprint fell behind because of the failed Light Squared fiasco which showed that that deal was blocked by the FCC because one guy on the FCC had stock investments with AT&T.....this blocking of Light Squared was reverse by congress, and they did find that The FCC over stepped their boundaries in blocking this deal. Falcone was right when he said the FCC had a guy blocking for pesronal reasons related to investments tied to AT%T
As far as I am concerned "for me" 79.00 is all that I need to pay for unlimnited talking on the cell with unlimited data. Since I use my phone for calling more than surfing the web Verizons $150.00 limited talking is a rip off for what you get period! I applud them for raking you all over the coals and laughing at you when they make their quarterly stock report.
Yes they have more LTE coverage but Sprint is implementing a better system and in the end you all will see this. They will have LTE in the 1900, 800, and 2400MHZ spectrum with voip by 2014!
You can blow Verzion smoke but when VOIP kicks in you will be the 1st to complain and bail for Sprint in the future of a year or so!lol
BTW you never heard me say that Sprint is ahead of Verizon right now LTE wise did you? When they deliver 800MHZ VOIP LTE next year they will be a force for Verizon and AT&T to deal with.
Also remember Sprint's LTE is not fully operational so compare them in a year once it's up and running to make speed comparisons. I have gotten a inconsistent 24mbs down and 8mbs up, and Aaron on phone dog has too. in the future they will be the one to have mark my words...for now you keep paying Verizon more and getting less untill your pockets are bare!
23. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Not true because the Galaxy S3, Note II and Droid DNA are all 5G compatible devices, so the Galaxy S4 wouldn't be the first to offer 5G. I can personally speak for the S3 and Note II because I have one of each running over 5G in my house. If you review the connectivity specs WiFi section of a phone on PA website, it will tell you if it's capable of 5G. I don't own the Droid DNA, but considering they were spot on about the s3 and Note II, I don't see why they would be wrong about the Droid DNA.
7. dsDoan (Posts: 216; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
They didn't take my unlimited data.
They didn't actually take anyone's unlimited data. If you had unlimited data, and you no longer do, then you gave it up. If you never had unlimited data, then you didn't have it to be taken.
15. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 864; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Listen to people talking about all losing unlimited plans around you as well as Phone Arena reporing about it as well as Verzions Vice Presidfent Shamo bragging about them stripping folks of theire unlimited for tiered data in his stock report.
Only certain people were grand fathered in, and Verizon was lying and trying to trick others to switch so that they can rape your pockets when VOIP is implemented. You would have to be full of it or living under a rock not to know that this is true....so which is it!lolk
19. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Daftama, can we please get some punctuation? It helps others better read and understand comments.
6. dsDoan (Posts: 216; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
I'm not sure I expect to see devices without CMDA radios as early as 2014..
17. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Agreed, it will be too early for manufacturers to completely remove CDMA radios. The future is definitely looking dimmer for VZW.
24. HockeyDood (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 May 2010)
I see data gridlock. The internet can only handle so much traffic and adding all cellular calls to an already high amount of internet traffic will not help data speeds in large cities. I see this as a step backwards, not forwards.