Back in August, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo was speaking at the Oppenheimer Technology, Internet, and Communications Conference. At the event, the Verizon executive said that VoLTE would launch sometime before the end of this year
. But on Thursday, which happened to be the third year anniversary of the launch of 4G LTE by Big Red, Verizon announced that it would have to delay the launch of VoLTE until sometime in 2014.
Along with the move to VoLTE will come eventually, the first LTE only handsets. Right now, the first batch of VoLTE capable handsets will still have CDMA on board as a back up. The VoLTE technology will also enable Verizon customers to experience HD Voice and video chat.
Verizon says that the latest data shows that 66% of its data traffic flows through the company's 4G LTE pipeline and that the mobile operator will soon offer 4G LTE roaming for its customers in select countries.
"And next year, customers will be able to experience Voice over LTE (VoLTE), a 4G LTE technology that can enable a host of advanced services, including HD Voice and video chat."-Verizon