Verizon to launch the first LTE-only devices late next year with VoLTE18
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.