Thursday, August 14, 2014

Verizon to launch VoLTE by the end of 2014

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Recently Verizon CFO Fran Shammo told Wall Street investors at a conference on Tuesday that they’ll be offering voice calls over LTE by the end of the year. By moving voice to the 4G LTE networks they can improve efficiency and offer higher quality audio and features like cloud-based video address books. Users will still be able to use the older legacy 3G network as a backup too, if 4G LTE coverage isn’t available at a specific location. Before going live Verizon wants to have their 4G rolled out through the country and currently sits at about 97% market coverage with LTE service. In addition to improved voice quality 4G chips are cheaper too, which could bring down the cost of smartphones when VoLTE is finally released.