Shammo: Verizon to offer phones with VoLTE only (no CDMA) by the first half of 2016

By 2016, Verizon is planning on selling phones to its customers that will route voice calls only through Big Red's LTE network. Don't worry about your current handset becoming obsolete so quickly, though. The nation's largest mobile carrier doesn't have plans to take down its CDMA network so soon. According to comments made at an investor conference by CFO Fran Shammo, Verizon will start to sell handsets that offer VoLTE technology only, in the first half of 2016...
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63 Comments

1. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Finally

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Looks like T-Mobile beat Verizon by a whole two years.

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah that's because T-Mobile's network is tiny compared to the MAMMOTH Verizon Wireless network. So sure it's easy & faster to get the new tech out when the network is a 3rd the size of Verizon's. I am glad T-Mobile "beat" Verizon... Now what about T-Mobile's spotty service outside of good old ChiTown?

20. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

guess you havnt had t-mobile in a while or you wouldnt be saying that. lol

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Umm I have had T-Mobile & 2 of my work colleges whom I travel with for business constantly prove to me that T-Mobile is sub-par & are jealous that I have service in places between the "BIG" cities. They are both going to switch to Verizon in the very near future. Ohh and lol.

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Stupid autocorrect... Swiping way too fast! lol **colleagues**

41. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

TMO is still spotty. Fast in some areas, yes...consistent, no. I've ported 3 people back to VZW in the past 2 days because of reliability. What TMO is doing is great, but it'll be a while until their network matches their policies.

60. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thank you. Someone in the know! +1

48. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I suggest you travel through out North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Western Illinois and off of I90 and I94 in Wisconsin. T-Mobile is completely worthless. They may have major cities covered by suck every where else. Sure they have coverage its called EDGE. I travel all through out this region for work. I have a VZW work phone and ATT personal phone. My ATT coverage in both Iowa and Wisconsin is slowly coming off Edge.

59. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have noticed that the people who say T-Mobile is better than both Verizon & AT&T usually stay put in their big city & never travel.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No excuse. Verizon has billions on top of billions to roll out VoLTE but chose not to.

25. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's because Verizon want's to blanket the USA in 4G LTE BEFORE it makes use of VoLTE. (Kinda obvious.) T-Mobile still has EDGE... so who's network is more complete? Again Verizon with it's billion's & billions does things the right way while T-Mobile has VoLTE first but not all T-Mobile customers even get LTE? (Kinda weird huh?) When 2016 comes along, T-Mobile will STILL not blanket the USA in 4G LTE like Verizon has already managed to do one or 2 years ago. Things that make you go hummm?

30. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

well verizon succeeded in brainwashing you.

33. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Brainwashing me by giving me the BEST mobile network in the USA, by giving me reliability so I can conduct business & make money so I can feed my wife & children... Then YES Verizon Wireless has brainwahsed me. Now lets talk about T-Mobile... Let me guess they didn't brainwash you into thinking that T-Mobile has a better & more dependable network than Verizon huh? "well verizon succeeded in brainwashing you." That's the richest thing I have read all day... Thanks for the good laugh... +1

35. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

no but im not waisting my money when i could be saving it. good job verizon you got this fish hooked. lol

51. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You pay less money for sub-par service. Verizon you pay more but you get better service! So it's not brainwashing... C'mon you know better than that!

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile already launched VoLTE in major cities, improving the customer experience for those who currently are able to use the service. They have already expanded to several markets and continue to do so every week. I rather have VoLTE in markets that are live in LTE than having to fall back on 2G for calls. The benefit is talking and surfing in the web, which honestly is great. Yes, there are still EDGE areas in the US, but by the end of 2015, their LTE footprint will be completed and cover all of their markets with upgraded MIMO HSPA+ and LTE with enhanced back haul. T-Mobile will already be done at the end of 2015 before Verizon even launches VoLTE. T-Mobile started rolling out LTE last but was a good thing since they're using the latest equipment and software. Data speeds in 20x20 markets are evident of that. I'll give Verizon the upper hand on XLTE on over 250 markets, but that's because they have the spectrum to do so. The things that make you go hummm? The underdog is severely changing the wireless industry for the better. You defend Verizon and I defend T-Mobile. :)

36. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You talk a lot of speculation. All I talk is facts. FACT: Verizon Wireless is the BEST most dependable network in the USA TODAY. SPECULATION: When T-Mobile gets to a level considered to be on Verizon's, imagine how much better Verizon's network will be with it's INSANE head start & with insane billions it is sitting on. T-Mobile can change their plans all they want but if the coverage is suspect outside of big cities then what good is it. Also just so you know, now as in the future, people are leaving the big cities looking for rural living. So that is where Verizon just kill poor old T-Mobile!

37. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Speculation? That's direct info from T-Mobile themselves. They're already 3/4 done with their LTE rollout. They're improving their network and coverage by buying 700MHz spectrum from carriers. Everything I've said has been facts. I had Verizon back from 2007-2011 and yes with unlimited data. I gave it up for T-Mobile since I don't need the extra coverage that isn't worth $70+ on my bill. You last statement seems to be speculation though since you have nothing to support that claim.

44. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

I believe that's actually part of SuperAndroidEvo's point...TMO is already 3/4 of the way through their LTE rollout, and yet they still have no coverage or EDGE data speeds in most rural areas. It will be awhile before they buy enough 700MHz spectrum to truly compete with VZW or AT&T for that matter. Don't get me wrong, I hope they do as they've been driving the competition into much better options with their "uncarrier" mentality, but they just don't have the proper network strength to fully compete. Unless/until they address the lack of rural coverage, they just aren't the best option for anyone who travels outside major cities regularly.

58. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Exactly. You understand what I am saying. I am a paying customer. I am willing to pay for the best service money can buy. I would be a stupid consumer if I stayed with Verizon when there is some one out there who has BETTER coverage & who is cheaper also. T-Mobile is NOT better than Verizon in terms of coverage. Sure T-Mobile is cheaper in price, but they are also "cheaper" in coverage & that's not something I am willing to pay for. I work hard for my money, if I am going to shell out "x" amounts of dollars for mobile service then I might as well get the best because I depend on the best for BOTH business first & pleasure second.

61. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

3/4 of their LTE rollout just in big cities... NOT in the rest of the USA. Verizon has the USA blanketed in 4G LTE, not just the big cities T-Mobile has yet to finish! C'mon Papa, you can't dispute that!

38. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

defend all you want. youve been brainwashed into thinking youre paying for the best. when the best is looked at as one of the worst.

52. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Listen it's cool. If you want to pay less money for less coverage, then go ahead, but you can't tell me with a straight face, that T-Mobile's network is even in the same league as Verizon's cause it's nowhere close. How can you say I am brainwashed when I am willing to pay for the best service money can buy here in the USA? Lot's of people pay Verizon's prices because they are the BEST hands down. If someone can step up & be BETTER than Verizon for cheaper, I am sure I will be there. Until then, someone needs to step up & beat Verizon's coverage. AT&T are making a good charge but are still lacking!

47. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Best network maybe yes but here in los angeles AT&T beats it anytime of the day, i have both verizon for work AT&T personal line the phone on verizon is xlte ,att Lg g3 which is my pesonal phone beats the verizon xlte capable S5 in terms of data speed verizon average 10-15 full bars lte att up to 25 . Dropped calls i had zero on both yes no dropped calls on both,signal in.buildings verizon drops down to slooooooow frustrating cant even load fb 3G evdo ,while att mantains lte deep in the same building.

53. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know in Cali AT&T has it locked down. But Verizon is still holds their own way better than T-Mobile. When I travel to LA, Anaheim, San Diego, Burbank, Santa Monica, San Diego, Sacramento, & where ever my work dictates in Cali I have NO issues with Verizon. That includes all parts between those cities. Verizon is truly all over the USA. Shoot I get signal in Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks.

57. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Agree T-Mobile is not good in those places i had them before it was pretty bad in those places u mentioned. Verizon works great in all those places u mentioned so does att i go to those places a lot i work in burbank both have lte,T-Mobile sometimes had Edge. In yosemite and sequoia national i also had perfect att signal just like on Verizon.

63. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yosemite & Sequoia are some of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful state. I love California. I am from the East Coast, a totally different beast! Beautiful in it's own way! I have family who lives in Anaheim. We walk to Disney Land to take the kids there. Good times!

49. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/nyregion/suburbs-try-to-hold-onto-young-adults-as-exodus-to-cities-appears-to-grow.html?_r=0 This the mass exodus from the cities for rural living that you're talking about? Oh, no...that is an article in the Times claiming the exact opposite of what you said.

55. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Here is the Wall Street Journal to counter your NY Times... http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/04/soaring-housing-costs-driving-educated-people-from-big-cities/ I can refute you just the same!
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