Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Verizon launching VoLTE, LTE only phones in 2014

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said "We will ultimately get to voice over LTE, probably end of this year, beginning of next year," yesterday at Deutsche Bank’s Media, Internet and Telecom conference. Back in December early tests reports indicated that VoLTE enabled devices reduced battery life by more than 50% and according to Shammo, Verizon expects to remove the CDMA chipset from phones.

This decision will allow them to increase the battery life of future devices and without a CDMA chipset reduce the cost of devices in the future saving customers money. Shammo stated "So over the next two to three years I think we will start to see subsidies come down," but for customers that don’t have 4G LTE now this would present major issues because the phones wouldn’t work. Current phones are a hybrid of 3G CDMA and 4G LTE and use 3G CDMA for voice/data service, and 4G LTE is exclusive for enhanced data connectivity.