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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43. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Couldn't agree with you more. If we were having this discussion like 1-2 years ago, I'd mostly agree with SuperAndroidEvo, but in my entire area....they went from just having EDGE to having UNLIMITED blazing fast LTE. T-Mobile is a god send because I rather get unlimited data, have LTE everywhere I go and pay way less than pay way more with Verizon, either pay a boat load of extra money for data capping or not use LTE at all, and just get slightly, if at all faster data speeds.

54. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's great if you stay put, but if you travel like me, T-Mobile is useless. I am more than happy to pay for the best. T-Mobile is not the best, cause if they were, that's who I would have.

45. mike2959

Posts: 692; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Papa, you are looking into TMO's future. The fact is right now, present day TMO's coverage (foot print) is horrible. Just look at their HSPA+ coverage! It's horrible! Their own maps of coverage says that, 3rd party coverage maps indicates such. Also to their holdings of spectrum is a scattered mess, much like Sprint.

56. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thank you. That's one of my many points I am trying to make. Lot's of speculation going on. +1

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Hopefully after they switch to LTE only they will stop requiring devices to have approval on their network as long as they have the same bands. I want to be able to buy an unlocked GSM phone and use it on Verizon's LTE.

4. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

I hope this makes the plans cheaper I'll go back for that. But we all know T-mobile started this. copying sapps,......

10. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

T-mobile started the industry wide (literally across the whole world) push to transition to VoLTE? This is how technologies work, don't kid yourself into thinking T-Mobile started what was already the obvious outcome.

21. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

and then.....

18. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

so this means theyll begin with unlimited data again. because T-mobile has been stealing customers since the uncarrier movement started.

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The end of the CDMA plantation is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

6. thetuba

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

For people that use a lot of voice minutes, this will be horrible. Every call you make will use data and then Verizon will REALLY screw customers..... Also, how can Verizon shutter it's CDMA network without moving standard text messaging to Text over LTE?

9. tedkord

Posts: 17137; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They didn't say they were shuttering it, just selling phones that don't use it starting in 2016.

11. thetuba

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

go to worldwideweb .techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mo​bile-phones/verizon-to-shut-off-2g-3g-cdma-network​s-by-2021-1103842

12. thetuba

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

It's coming in 2021. That's a ways away but it is something to be aware of.

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's 7 short years... A ways away is 2035!!! You will be surprised how fast 7 years will come. In 7 short years we will be talking about the Xbox One 2 & the PS5...

16. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

It's called Instant Messaging. It's cool, you should use it. iMessage, Hangouts, SnapChat, Facebook Instant Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc... Regarding everything that we will be doing on our phones will be using data, I am sure there will be a solution through each carrier that remains fairly close to the amount we are paying now for wireless phone service. There will probably be different level data only plans and/or options for speed that you pay for.

17. thetuba

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

Damon, are you really that foolish to think the carriers won't do this to make more money? Come on....

7. thetuba

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

Basically Verizon will take away Unlimited Talk and Text with this new network....BAD for customers.....

8. tedkord

Posts: 17137; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Awesome! Voice over LTE and video chatting with capped data plans! Then, for the last 20 days of the month, you can use your landline.

13. thetuba

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

The comeback of the HOME PHONE LOL!

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yup, data is Not going to be unlimited. They are moving in this direction, essentially to find a new way to bleed the customers. Since, most plans today offer unlimited voice and text.

15. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

so basically VZW phones will be like Vonage phones(with roaming capability). :) their LTE coverage/sinal strength no where near to cdma coverage/signal strength. battery drains faster on data usage than regular call. i wonder how they manage.

26. kevv2288 unregistered

Why can they not just do volte and still count it as minuets and not data?

39. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

This is part of a long time coming plan to make LTE the cash cow that it is. I saw this coming years ago though so this is no surprise to me.

27. kevv2288 unregistered

And texting works over lte now. I've set my phone network to "lte only" before and data and texts work fine only thing that don't work is voice calls obviously

29. thetuba

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

What phone allowed you to do LTE only?

31. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

if you have android VZW phone, then install below app & you can change the mode to LTE only. FYI, you can see modes in second screenshot, under app details. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.andirc.lteonfoff

32. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That's not what it does. That just means that it turns LTE on our off for data only. Without the CDMA radio, you cannot place or receive calls.

50. kevv2288 unregistered

I used the app "elixir" and through the app you can go to a hidden menu that allows you to change to different network modes. One of them is LTEOnly and yes it will not allow phone calls on this mode only text and data will work. I have a note 3 on at&t now and I can do the same thing except you gotta do it a different way. If you have a s4 or note 3 on at&t go to the dialer and type in *#*#4636#*#* and it will take you to the same hidden menu to change the network mode.

62. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I'm curious about text working though. MMS goes through the data part of the phone, while SMS, through the voice channel. I wonder if, in the absence of a voice channel, SMS goes through data then. Thank you for the reply.
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