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Verizon has a Special Announcement to Make on May 22, Any Guesses?

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Verizon dropped a “save the date” into our inbox this afternoon, asking that we reserve some time on May 22 at CTIA for a “special announcement” from COO Marni Walden. We were actually planning on skipping CTIA this year as the wireless tech conference has become a waste of time over the last two years, but this certainly means we’ll be in attendance. The question is, “What kind of announcement are they going to make?”

Big Red has been quiet this year in terms of device announcements, even managing to remain completely silent on the Samsung Galaxy S4 since its unveiling. There have been rumors of a May 30 or even May 22 launch floating around, so the timing of this announcement works. But why host an entire event to announce that they are carrying the GS4? Samsung already told us it’s coming, they just wouldn’t give us a date. Seems unlikely, right?

Will they announce a network change? More on their LTE rollout or even VoLTE? First VoLTE phone? What about the end of contracts with smartphone plans? Could we see their oft-rumored HTC One variant codenamed DLXPLUS?

Verizon, you have grabbed our attention.

  • moelsen8

    6G is finally here!

    • Chris

      Poor 5G…it never had a chance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10602828 Mike Hilal

    VoLTE

  • sob157

    In a more perfect world.. the press conference would be void of an audience soVZW can finally get the message.

  • MW91

    or a new verizon phone with no branding: catch is it’s red and shaped like a giant check mark…

  • zepfloyd

    Definitely the launch of VoLTE.

    • Bionic

      I find this very unlikely seeing as how their lease on their 3G spectrum does not expire until end of 2014

      • ddevito

        The end of 2014 could be the end of the rollout roadmap for VoLTE.

        • Bionic

          its possible, but from what i understand VOLTE “rollout” requires very little. It requires OEM’s to build phones without CDMA radios and it requires Verizon to update firmware and other stuff on their network but NOT HARDWARE.

          • ddevito

            Are you going to choose a new name soon? You’re almost obsolete :)

          • Bionic

            I just got jellied!! I am reborn!! If you want I can change my name to X phone

          • ddevito

            +1

          • Tim242

            Almost? That atrocity was obsolete at launch.

          • ddevito

            At least it has Jelly Bean. My wife has one. The screen is disgusting but it gets great cell reception.

          • bakdroid

            Wrong. While the switch over to VOLTE from the tower side is less complicated, the modems must be present on the towers for Advanced LTE to support VOLTE. While most of the later installs of LTE should be newer modems, it still may take time for them to do checks to make sure all the modems are compatible. As for OEM’s, they can still build phones with CDMA radios and VOLTE radios, they will just need an interface to allow them to switch between the two. This will be the most difficult part when you are in a CDMA zone vs. a VOLTE. There will more than likely be drops when switching in the first devices as OEMs figure out the best methods. It will actually be easier for a CDMA call to be transferred to VOLTE then the other way around. If you have ever used the internet home extenders for cell phones it works on a similar VOIP system. I know people on Sprint who have these and they can make calls in their home and then switch to the towers without issue, but the other way around causes them to drop calls.

          • Wes

            Bionic has no idea what he’s talking about and just wants to skew the topic so he can “be right” They are not turning off 3G networks in 2014…like it was said before, they’re trying to phase out or “flip the switch” in 2020ish. Gotta agree with everyone in this thread except for Bionic…no idea what he/she is talking about

          • jb

            What you’re saying doesn’t make sense. You’re saying that anyone with a phone with a CDMA radio won’t be able to talk on their phone. They’re selling phones NOW (and launching them soon) with CDMA. Those phones would just magically stop working in 19 months? Even Verizon isn’t THAT dumb.

          • Bionic

            They can send a software update to your phone and as long as it has LTE it will work with VOLTE

          • bakdroid

            Wow, you are truly clueless. Where is Sarge when you need him to slap the taste out of your mouth.

      • zepfloyd

        What? What does that have to do with anything? The 3G network will exist for a long time beyond your arbitrary 2014 date. VoLTE launch, like 4G LTE launch will start gradually, in a few markets on a device or two and grow from there…

        • Bionic

          Trust me this is well documented. Verizon’s 3G spectrum which includes voice is leased from the Government. That Lease will expire in 2014 meaning that unless your phone has LTE it simply wont work anymore.

          Again, this is all well documented.

          • zepfloyd

            LOL. You really have zero idea what you’re talking about.

          • Bionic

            prove it, prove that im wrong about the 3G spectrum expiring in 2014. Prove to me that when that spectrum goes away that voice calling will work on your current phone.

          • zepfloyd
          • bakdroid

            I love how you go back and forth calling it 3G and then just Voice. Spectrum is spectrum, i.e. 800 MHz or 1900 MHz. Both voice and data is carried over a spectrum, just in different modulations. To say that internet will stay not voice or vice versa proves that all you can do is post rumors from other people’s forum posts.

          • Tim242

            You are spreading bad info. Verizon announced not long ago that their 3G will be operational until at least 2020. The first Volte phones aren’t launching until early 2014.

          • Bionic

            THAT IS FOR INTERNET USE ONLY NOT VOICE. The spectrum that carries your voice calls expires 2014

          • Tim242

            Verizon uses 3G for voice calls 1x/EvDO. There will be too many phones still using it to disappear so soon. You are not even being logical. You are the one making crazy claims. Prove it.

          • BulletTooth_Tony

            No it is not. 3G is a marketing term used for data speeds. CDMA2000 1xEVDO is the full name of the 3rd Gen technology codified by the 3GPP2. EVDO is an “EVolution, Data-Only” for 1x. They both run on the exact same spectrum slices – CLR (850 MHz) and PCS (1900 MHz), and their licenses are not expiring in your lifetime as they are continually renewed under the terms requiring build out and continued usage for the renewal series to never even be questioned. Get a clue.

          • Bionic

            Its all about when the network is no longer profitable for Verizon. They have a lease option at end of 14 because the 3G network isnt profitable anymore.

            So yes you are right, Verizon can decide to not “flip the switch” but if its not profitable for them they certainly will.

            http://www.extremetech.com/mobile/150068-verizon-plans-to-drop-cdma-from-phones-in-2014-in-favor-of-pure-lte

          • BulletTooth_Tony

            No they don’t. And they wouldn’t let the shitload of spectrum they control in CLR and PCS return to the FCC in a year if they did, as their competitors would gobble it up in a heart beat – most of which they just got from their Alltel acquisition for 28 *billion* dollars in 2008. Now you’re just being willfully ignorant, and you’re not even bothering to read the garbage link you provided. This is about selling phones with only LTE radios, which has been a rumor for some time, and is a pipe dream. Their goal in doing so is so they’d no longer have to pay licensing fees to qualcomm for their proprietary, fully patented, wholly-owned CDMA technology – so that they can pay a smaller subsidy to their clients when they overprice their phones, meaning they’ll clear more profit at the front end of a contract.

          • Bionic

            Like i said, better controlling their profit, you just worded it differently than I did.

          • BulletTooth_Tony

            No I didn’t. Their lease on CLR and PCS spectrum *is not* expiring in 2014. CDMA phones will be around for another decade, or just short of it. The spectrum will then, or during this time depending on market penetration, be refarmed to LTE. There’s a monumental difference in what I said when compared to what you did.

          • BulletTooth_Tony

            This is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Well documented where? No such date exists, because they have long since met requirements for use. They’re going to continue using their CLR and PCS spectrum for a very long time. Into the 20s before total shut down, and a refarm to LTE is in the cards for it as it gets shut down.

          • Bionic

            Again, that is for data only as a “backup signal” why do you think Verizon has been pushing so hard to expand its network so fast for LTE? Because they need LTE to carry voice calls.

          • BulletTooth_Tony

            They’re expanding LTE so quickly because they have to. The CDMA tree has no 4G plan. Qualcomm dropped UMB and fully embraced LTE. It has nothing to do with spectrum leases and has everything to do with being the first on the cutting edge of this new air interface.

          • Bionic

            yes they want to be first but they also want to control their profit margins. They are paying too much money for that old 3G network

          • Elliot

            Because LTE is dirt-cheap compared to CDMA/EVDO. The faster LTE is fully up and running, the less and less they have to rely on the CDMA network, thus the company makes a *huge* profit.

            This has absolutely nothing to do with the government and everything to do with the bottom line.

          • Keith Black

            This is hilarious… Mr. Bionic man hasn’t a clue. Gotta give him an A+ for being relentless though. Lol

          • Wes

            Bad info

    • EC8CH

      Will older phones do VoLTE, or will they need to release a new phone ala the Tbolt for the launch of LTE.

      • zepfloyd

        Who knows what Verizon will do…will depend on the codecs they ultimately use. On a purely technical basis Qualcomm chipsets for about the last year now can support it, but will certainly still require a baseband firmware update. Will Verizon provide it? Which devices? Anyone’s guess. VoLTE by itself is actually easy. The challenge has been (goes for all not just Vz) a seamless hand off down to 2G/3G while on a VoLTE call if you fall out of LTE range.

    • Austin Warren

      what’s so good about VoLTE?

      • Ian

        You don’t need two cellular modems (i.e. CDMA/LTE) and therefore we would see some battery and network switching gains. Although running voice over LTE is still a battery hog itself.

      • zepfloyd

        Better call quality? More importantly it’s the beginning of the end for the draconian CDMA era. You’re device will be a lot more open and portable on just LTE.

        • Austin Warren

          Ah I see. That sounds cool

        • nvitone23

          Also much worse battery life…

          • zepfloyd

            maybe….just because of rumors in Alpha level testing from a year ago or so mean nothing when it’s finally available.

          • nvitone23

            true

          • Alan Meyer

            so my question is if they switch to VoLTE wont that use alot of data for the poor people that have the share everything plan….how would that work

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Skittlez

      they can’t do this until LTE is fully rolled out, which won’t be until the end of the year. there aren’t even any devices that do this yet

  • Thomas

    I hope they put some Vaseline on the end of “it” before they stick it to us.

  • Stewie

    You’ll never know, unless you pay the “CITA Announcement Attendance Fee” …

  • yummy

    Oh crap. I read that as “Save the Data”
    the first time, and I was sure they
    were gonna give me unlimited for life.
    Never mind. I am sure it is something
    they decided we want that lines their
    pockets more. I love you Furizon, I mean
    that, you make it so easy for your customers
    to dread and mistrust your next move.

  • MW91

    may 22nd: “only another 60 days until we carry the GS4!”

  • shelderman

    Even if they get a no contract plan, they will still find a way to reem the customer. This I have no doubt about.

  • Dave

    Isn’t it still a bit too early for VoLTE? Unless they’re moving things up and are trying to one-up the competition early.

    If they do VoLTE, how many want to bet that in order for you to go to a LTE only plan that you’d have to give up your unlimited data. Oh the drama that will stir up.

    • Bionic

      their lease of the 3G spectrum expires end of 2014

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10602828 Mike Hilal

      Actually, VoLTE will probably usher in the return of unlimited plans.

      • Dave

        That seems rather unlikely. How do you figure?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10602828 Mike Hilal

          How do you figure it wont?

  • http://twitter.com/GrumbleBunny JR

    They are going to upgrade all the Vcast apps.

  • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

    5Gees

  • Syraz / Azilla

    With the Device payment plan starting in a couple days I can guess maybe dropping of contracts

  • sith77

    A few things im presuming

    1) We are NOT GETTING the HTC ONE ………..

    2) We are NOT CANCELLING contracts ……….

    3) We are lowering data limits and raising prices to 1GB mnth – 29.99 2GB mnth 49.99 3GB mnth – 69.99 etc….

    4) We are NOT being responsible any longer for future phone software updates or upgrade. what you buy is what you get

    and finally

    5) We are branding EVERY DEVICE HOME BUTTONS OR FRONT FACE WITH AN EDGE TO EDGE VERIZON LOGO

  • CoronaDoug

    Would we seriously have to wait that long for the S4 when Sprint is getting it on April 27th?

  • Joe

    Unlimited is back and not the T-Mobile kind?

    • Tim242

      The T-Mobile kind is not throttled…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001452134227 Charlie Lamar

    Likely announce s4 and announce contracts going bye bye. The s4 will be one of “those” phones available on install

  • violator702

    Motorola X phone using VoLTE!

    • Bionic

      X phone still has CDMA on it.

      • Tim242

        Let me guess, per Sarge? Both of you are clueless.

        • Bionic

          You really are bi polar aren’t you? One day you talk to me like a human being the next like a scalded dog.

          • Tim242

            I’m sure you are a nice man. Its just annoying seeing you constantly post 2nd hand rumors as fact. When I hear of credible Verizon sources, Sarge’s name has NEVER come up.

          • Justin Winker

            That may have something to do with the fact that Sarge doesn’t work for Verizon…

          • Tim242

            That may have something to do with 99% of Moto phones being Verizon.

          • Justin Winker

            Lol. The two in the last year that were released on verizon, but the multitude of others (Atrix HD, Photon series, international Razr series). Yes, the two outweigh the 4 others in sales, but they are not solely married to Verizon, they do work with other companies.

          • Tim242

            Verizon has released 16 Motorola phones in the last 2.-3 years.. At&t has released 2, Sprint 3.

          • Tim242

            I’d say they are married to Verizon, with a few mistresses on the side.

        • Sarge

          Sarge is Bionics alternate ego that he references when he tries to give credibility to his fan-boy like wishful thinking posts on anything relates to Motorola X Phone.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        The amount of downvotes you are going to receive, if what u say is true, is astonishing. I like your comments tho.

  • TheCheapGamer

    New higher rates with nothing added.
    But in a twist, they are now including lube with their no contracts.

  • Nate Benis

    one of 3 things.. there gonna announce there stoping being punks and will leave phones how the carriers make them.. unlocked bootloaders and all lol, or thier gonna do away with subsidies and contracts, or there jjust gonna announce the s4 and how big of a fail company they are

  • http://twitter.com/tone7881 Tone

    They’re going to start using lube now? No more jamming it in dry?

  • http://twitter.com/DannyAree DannyAree ! 

    really hope its ”dlxplus” … really want to upgrade…

  • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada Eric Gonzalez

    Maybe something involving VoLTE, or the new Lumia, or even new no-contract plans.

  • ddevito

    Advanced LTE Launch

  • David Caccavo

    “The people have spoken…we are forcing you off of unlimited data on to tiered! WELCOME!”

    • Flat_Stanley

      “And we’re offering a no-contract plan, but the prices are the same and you have to pay the full phone cost – surprise!”

  • chris125

    The remaining users with unlimited will lose it….

    • http://twitter.com/howzball Mike

      Damn! That’s exactly what I guessed.

    • thedonxr

      Don’t you put that evil on me Ricky Bobby!

    • Haxcid

      Because we the customers requested it!!!
      Also they are announcing the Lumia 928 from Nokia and the HTC One.

  • John

    They’re following in T-Mobile’s foosteps and geting rid of subsidies and contracts. Psyche. A man can only wish…

  • Mapekz

    Exclusive carrier to sell the Lumia 928 in the US plus some other benefits as part of their partnership with Nokia and Microsoft (now that the Motorola-VZW relationship is under fire thanks to the former’s acquisition by Google).

  • Bionic

    X Phone Verizon version

    • http://profiles.google.com/allen.j.yates Allen Yates

      This sounds crazy, but it’s a week after Google I/O, right? Could be possible.

      • Bionic

        Possible but unlikely. July 8th Is the date sarge has said the whole time.

        • Sarge

          I never said that. Stop using my name, you creep.

    • Tim242

      Doesn’t exist.

  • Jaron1226

    It’s either the Galaxy S4 release date or their crummy new no contract thingy.

  • deadsix

    I’m going to go with a “no contract” announcement a la T-Mobile. My gut feeling is that it has to be specific to Verizon and the HTC ONE or GS4 aren’t specific to VZW. I feel like if we were seeing a special version of the HTC One the rumor mills would of stared to heat up by now. A month out from the announcement date with out and leaks seems almost implausible.

    • Tim242

      *would’ve = a contraction for would have.

      • deadsix

        Thanks for the correction

  • me

    That’s ridiculous to make us wait that long for HTC-1 or GS4, c’mon already, alll the other carriers are passing you by!!!

  • bigdav1178

    Whatever the announcement is, I am fairly certain it will involve the customer bending over.

    • Captain_Doug

      If we bend over any further I’m gonna be kissing my feet.

      • noc007

        You’d be kissing your feet? I’d be getting an improved view of them pounding me.

        • imns

          If I bend over anymore I will never need to visit a proctologist, I’ll be able to do my own exams

  • Jerry

    Verizon introduces new look phones with branding on them….oh wait

  • Dan

    I think they are going to announce a phone with their logo all over it….Oh wait nevermind that’s every Verizon phone

    • JoshGroff

      I thought the DNA and G-Nex logoing were pretty subtle when it came to carrier branding.

  • TD

    Everybody gets to share 1 GB of data on their family plan

  • Shane Redman

    All Nexus updates bypass “normal” VZW testing…

    • supermiah

      And then you woke up…..

      • Shane Redman

        Ah….thanks, Morpheus

  • Thomas

    Lord help us all !!!

  • chihova

    It’s going to be no more contracts…..trust me

  • http://twitter.com/Bert336 Humberto

    S4 in Oct. HTC One in December? LoL

  • trophynuts

    they’re going to announce their new line of lube

  • Tyler Casilio

    4G LTE 2.0? lol Updates same day as Google!? None of this!!??

  • gbenj

    Bring back the VZW App store!!!

    • Geoff Johnson

      I didn’t know you could like your own comment twice

      • gbenj

        Jeez, way to take me seriously…downvote after downvote. (For the record I didn’t like my own comment.)

        • Geoff Johnson

          Much better now that you edited it :)

  • Havoc70

    double post…delete

  • paul_cus

    Pantech Iron Vega?

  • droidify

    Maybe they are going to announce the inclusion of a bottle of KY Jelly with their new 24 month agreement.

    • Derin Richardson

      Yep…or hand-to-ankle restraints as a bonus.

      • thelulz

        a complimentary barrel for us to be bent over

      • crmcsh01

        A ball gag?

    • TheWenger

      They wouldn’t include KY. They would create a newer lubricant that doesn’t work as well but they’ll charge money for it.

      • noc007

        It’ll burn as well and they’ll market it as a pleasing tingling sensation or pleasure sensation.

        • TheWenger

          The only way to ease the pain is to use more of it, which costs more money if you go over your lube cap.

    • http://profiles.google.com/davidukfl David Wanless

      share everything lube, one bottle of lube for your whole family to use between them

    • bigmatt

      just hold still and relax….it will just feel like a little pinch….

    • http://twitter.com/michael_seep MichaelSeep

      This is just like how Verizon employees were trying to convince my father and I that the green screen on the Kyocera phone (while ago) we were looking at made it one of the first with a ‘colored’ screen. Hence why it was more expensive than the one with a blue screen.

  • Havoc70

    Hmm let me guess, “We are going to upgrade the cost of our share nothing plans to better improve customer support”

    • http://twitter.com/DAG425 José

      Dont kno wether to downvote or upvote this comment…. lol

      • Havoc70

        Me either Jose, but that was the first thing to enter my head after hearing Verizon and announcement in the same sentence

        • michael arazan

          Getting rid of contracts, that way they can raise rates on you any time they feel like it or need to raise their Quarterly profit margins.

          I don’t think anything Good is going to come from Verizon dropping contracts, in the end the customer get’s screwed, I mean charged more.

          • Keith Black

            Good point, how DARE they try to remain profitable! You know what, I think every single corporation should surrender all of their profits in order to make everything more affordable for me. In fact, I’m even going to ask my employer to give me a reduction in pay instead of the 5% increase I just received, because to accept it would just be too darn greedy.

          • kg215

            I don’t know if you are a Verizon shill, an idiot, or both. But there is a huge difference between constantly pissing people off to squeeze out every single cent you can and running a business. Verizon is not desperately trying to remain profitable, they are dominating here in the U.S., what they are doing is seeing how much they can take before customers finally say enough. It has worked well for them so far but there is a breaking point, most companies don’t test this breaking point like Verizon. Verizon tests it constantly to the detriment of customer satisfaction. Is their strategy working? Yes, should we be pissed at them? yes. And btw why don’t you do your job for free, since you are so “generous” and “understanding.”

          • Keith Black

            Both. But it’s ok, I’ve been called worse. I’ve been trolling the hell out of several threads regarding Verizon the last few days and your response is one of the more coherent ones that I’ve come across, and I totally understand your perspective. Only thing is that you simply don’t understand the big picture.

            The problem is not Verizon’s keen ability to remain far more profitable than any other carrier, thus providing their customers with a network that is 2-3 years ahead of any other competitor in quality,reliability and technological advancement. The problem is that wireless customers have NO FREAKING CLUE what goes on behind the scenes. Marketing f***s up the customer’s perception of reality to a level that blows my mind. I could write a novel on this stuff.

      • Derin Richardson

        LOL. Magnificent and manipulative jargon at its best.

        Shammo couldn’t have said it better himself.

    • Bartheli

      lmaoooo hilarious

    • Keith Black

      So… “We are going to lower our prices, reduce our profitability and our ability to evolve and implement new technologies which will ultimately cause us to be reduced to the likes of our currently inferior competitors. Also, we are going to give you anything that you demand in order to appease your outrageous sense of entitlement. Hell, let’s just make your wireless service part of welfare.” … Would have been been more to your liking?

      • SA_NYC

        Ha, good one, I have to say. People, it’s a free country, and certainly the wireless market is a competitive one. If you don’t like Verizon, head elsewhere. I’m considering doing so. But staying and then bitching, seems a little masochistic.

        • Keith Black

          Well said, sir. Well said!

  • http://twitter.com/dtriscari19 David Triscari

    Doubt it will be a device

  • Derin Richardson

    I’d like to guess they are going to get rid of contracts, but…

    I doubt it.

    • Kyle

      I don’t get the whole thing about getting rid of contracts. I bet most of us have been through an upgrade cycle with Verizon before, so why not just not upgrade next time, buy a phone off ebay or just keep using what you have and let your 2yr contract expire…..no more contract.

      • John

        There are subsidies built into your monthly plan. So whether or not you buy a phone from them, you’re still paying a subsidy.

        • laffingrass

          So what exactly is the benefit of going with T-Mobile? I’m looking for a serious answer here. I’m a VZW employee and receive a hefty discount, but will be leaving the company starting next week and have looked around.

          My current plan will cost me $150/mo before tax.
          A plan with T-Mobile, with Unlimited data, will be $120/mo before tax. Then I have to add in at least $15/mo per phone for 2 phones, bringing me to $150/mo.

          I’m looking to cut costs in this area and was seriously considering switching, but I don’t see any reason why. Where is the advantage?

          • disastrousrainbow

            There is no advantage, just a perceived advantage. Honestly, if the service is great everywhere you go Sprint is the best alternative, however, if data consumption isn’t your biggest worry, then there’s no reason NOT to go with Verizon unless if you root or mod the hell out of your phones. And even if you’re smart enough to do that you can find a workaround.

          • http://twitter.com/jonathanM21 jonathanM21

            How is buying a Nexus for ~$300 and having a plan with unlimited data for $30 less than competitors because subisdies aren’t built into the plan not an advantage?

          • disastrousrainbow

            I’m sorry, what plan is this that you’re going on about? T-Mobile’s?

          • disastrousrainbow

            If we’re talking about T-Mobile the subsidy IS built into the plan.

          • http://twitter.com/MarkJCarruthers Mark Carruthers

            The advantage is once you pay off your phones the costs of the plan drops (in your example) $30. That is not big benefit for someone who updates their phones every year or two like most of us.