Verizon to launch the first LTE-only devices late next year with VoLTE

Verizon to launch the first LTE-only devices late next year with VoLTE
Even though Verizon just announced that it had finished the initial buildout of its LTE network, the carrier isn't quite ready to go all-in on it just yet. We have known for a while that Verizon is planning to move to LTE-only devices, and leverage voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) to completely replace its CDMA network; and, now we know that effort won't begin in earnest until late next year.

As we mentioned, even though the initial buildout of the network is done, Verizon still has a lot of work to do on making sure the capacity of the network is up to par. So, rather than the slow rollout that we've seen with the data LTE network, Verizon is planning to launch VoLTE to everyone across the country at the same time. And, that launch isn't expected to happen until late next year. 

At that point, Verizon will begin to offer its first set of LTE-only devices, which will mark the beginning of the end for Verizon's CDMA network. The ultimate goal is to kill off CDMA completely, and to be a 100% LTE network, or rather, by the time that happens (which isn't expected until 2021 or so), Verizon may be on its way to being an LTE-Advanced network.

source: CNET via Droid Life

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18 Comments

1. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Whaat, people still want to be using CDMA until past 2020? People, hurry up and drop your 3g phones, are you kidding me?

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I would hate to see CDMA go because LTE doesn't have the building penetration just yet. But LTE is the future, so I get it.

3. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

it do not have building penetration on Verizon but it do on AT&T,

6. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

What the heck are you talking about, I get really good penetration!!

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

I bet.

14. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

You know that's right, Holla'!!!

17. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

so do i ;)

18. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

lol ...... '-)

10. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I have Verizon and I have excellent building penetration. ...

12. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I hope that means things have improved overall. My Razr would drop from 4 bars down to 1 bar on LTE, sometimes go to 3G. So without the 3G backup, does that mean no more service inside. Also the data usage will go through the roof if all calls will be over LTE, so will the most expensive carrier in the US be even more expensive? My guess would be "bend over" time for new customers.

13. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Glad I'm grandfathered!! Don't know how you had problems with your RAZR, I had a RAZR & RAZR MAXX and always had 3 to 4 blue bars of signal!!

16. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

The thing is, does it roll back to CDMA? That is what my friend's Verizon phone does. It looks like it is getting good data, and it is, but it is really CDMA.

4. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Too bad I'm going to TMobile when my contract is up. F-U Verizon!

5. riggsy

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

i am interested to see the cost for data when all the calls are going to be using data now.

7. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

same here

8. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm wondering how that will work for unlimited data plan users.

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

By then they make some new loophole to try and get rid of all unlimited users once and for all.

15. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Trust me in a year or two there will be no unlimited data.

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