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AT&T Expects First VoLTE Device Later This Year, Service Rollout Sometime in 2014

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Speaking at a wireless infrastructure conference, AT&T’s president of Labs announced that he thinks the wireless carrier could have themselves a VoLTE compatible device by the end of this year, with VoLTE service popping up sometime in 2014. Not that its appearance will be widespread for users, but that general testing and rollout will begin around that timespan. This development is right on the heels of Verizon’s same announcement that took place back in August

Verizon’s plan is to announce a VoLTE device before this year’s end, with the network upgrade taking place around mid-2014. The device will also come equipped with your standard CDMA chip, that way in case a user needs to fallback on 3G calls, they can do so. As we mentioned in a previous post, these first round of VoLTE devices should be “future proof” in terms of network technology.

While these two top dogs are in a fast-paced race against each other to deliver future technology to paying customers, T-Mobile and Sprint are taking a slower approach, still working on delivering a decent 4G LTE experience to users across the U.S.

It is quite exciting to know that a true VoLTE experience is right around the corner. The question we are more interested in, is which future devices will sport the VoLTE capability on Verizon and AT&T?

Via: Fierce Wireless

  • Philosophy Science

    Iphone 5s isn’t VoLTE compatible?

  • two juegos

    HTC continues its path of development. these restrictions are gradually being overcome and I will continue to support them.

  • chris125

    Wonder if they will have all the battery issues like the first batch of lte devices had?

  • Justin Kos

    Htc is going to make the first ever volte phone and the battery life is going to be terribad

    • tyguy829

      yeah what if it is the one max and it becomes thunderbolt 2.0….that would be awful

      • Justin Kos

        Exactly what I was hinting at Haha tbolt 2.0

        • JoshGroff

          That’s what happens when you try to rush technology. *shudders* To be fair though, the entire first gen LTE line up was pretty bad.

          • Adrynalyne

            They were epic failures, thats for sure.

          • tomn1ce

            I wouldn’t call them total failures. OEMs were able to learn and fix most of what was wrong with LTE devices. They notice that they had to put bigger battery for the phones to actually last 6-8hrs and from there batteries got bigger and bigger… -_-

          • Adrynalyne

            They should have known that from the get-go with their own testing though….so I would still not consider that a victory.

          • Justin Kos

            That’s what I’m thinking, how do you not know that? And if you fail to realize something like that please..hire me as a tester 😛

          • JoshGroff

            These big corporations need to be taught a thing or two about quality control.

          • tomn1ce

            That’s one reason why I don’t buy gadgets until others have tested them or until the 2nd generation or so. I saw a lot of people on here crying over the battery life of their device because of LTE. But look at Moto less then a year later after releasing their first LTE device they came around with the D-Razr Maxx and its all day battery life which no other phone was able to touch for about another year or so.

          • Tyler

            Think of how thick the thunderbolt is with its tiny battery, just imagine putting a bigger one it, it would have been a bigger brick then it already was.

          • JoshGroff

            Depends on if we’re talking capacity or physical size.

          • Tyler

            Both bigger capacity is going to mean bigger physical size of the battery making the phone bigger (thicker). Especially back when the thunderbolt was made.

          • JoshGroff

            With the thunderbolt, they could have had a smaller speaker and made the battery longer. There’s no way they couldn’t have made room by rearranging a few things or downsizing.

          • tomn1ce

            Look how slim the D-Razr Maxx was in less of a year of them releasing their first LTE phone.

  • JoshGroff

    Remembered the date, looked for news on uncarrier phase 3 and saw it was slated for 8:15 EST. >.> So much for slacking off the last hour at work.

    • moelsen8

      yeah when is that? 8:15 tonight? kind of weird.

      • JoshGroff

        I know, I was figuring it’d be in the morning or early afternoon like most announcements.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    VOLTE NEXUS 5 BABY! WOO! I kNEW IT! . . . . . . okay i’ll just get back to work now

    • pbolton70

      Setting yourself up to be disappointed. We all know that Verizon isn’t getting the new nexus phone or probably any nexus phone for maybe in 2-3 years till LTE blankets the country. We already got a taste of what VZW will be doing. We saw that with the Nexus 7 tablet launch. They will have to certify each device and every update

  • NexusPhan

    Nexus 5 VoLTE on Verizon? That was sarcasm btw.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    Your move Verizon

    • Adrynalyne

      Verizon was testing VoLTE on the LG Revolution over two years ago so…

      Not really.

      Besides, ATT device won’t actually be able to use VoLTE until sometime next year and probably in a very minute testing area.

      We are easily 1-2 years away from anything viable for VoLTE from any of the big carriers.

  • burkett375

    Our only chance of seeing another nexus on Verizon is if its VoLTE? That pesky CDMA radio backup might thwart that idea…

    • aBabyPenguin

      Exactly what I was thinking :/ CDMA needs to die

      • Mike Hilal

        CDMA is an amazing technology, especially in remote areas. The problem stems from the a$$holes that are licensing said technology. They’ll figure out a way to screw us on VoLTE as well.

        • Adrynalyne

          Right. A lot of people don’t realize that particular advantage of CDMA. It is probably why Verizon was able to build such a strong network.

          • Mike Hilal

            TDMA was better than CDMA with regard to range…it just did not support data in any way. Verizon “built” it’s network by buying up all of the smaller PCS carriers across the US. This was when AT&T was still Cingular (and running TDMA). Verizon debuted right around the time that Cingular swapped back to AT&T and came out with GSM. “the network” wasnt that great until about 2006.

          • soccerburn55

            But with VoLTE shouldn’t in theory you can just drop an active SIM and it will work. Even though Verizon is says they will have a CDMA radio in it to fall back on. If say the Nexus 6 comes out with LTE only and supports band 4 and 13 can’t you just drop in the SIM you have now and it will work even though Verizon doesn’t want you to do that cause they want it to have a CDMA radio so they can control you. Seems like if they won’t let you it would be breaking the C Block deal they signed.

          • chris125

            that cdma radio will still allow verizon to “allow” devices on their network. once it is all VoLTE then a nexus is possible or any device should work since lte is gsm and no more verizon saying what can and cant be on their network

          • Mike Hilal

            Exactly this. They’re also gonna bloat up whatever device they sell or activate in some way/shape/form. The Nexus 7 LTE will not go through “approval” unscathed.

  • KleenDroid