Report: AT&T to Launch VoLTE May 23, First Markets Are Chicago and Minneapolis

According to sources of Engadget, AT&T is looking to beat Verizon to the VoLTE (Voice over LTE) punch. Both companies have been building up their LTE networks in America over the past couple of years, with each being essentially done with the initial process.

From what sources state, AT&T is ready to flip the VoLTE switch, with the service being turned on in two markets, Chicago and Minneapolis, on May 23. A separate report out of GigaOm stated back in March that AT&T had also lit up its first LTE-Advanced markets, with the Galaxy S5 being the first publicly available phone capable of handling the new speeds.  (more…)

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(more…)

Verizon CFO Lays Out Verizon’s VoLTE Roadmap

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During a chat at the Oppenheimer Technology, Internet and Communications Conference, Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo laid out Verizon’s roadmap for VoLTE, devices that will run on VoLTE, and how the new wireless tech could potentially impact prices of phones. As has been stated in the past, VoLTE will launch in the first half of 2014, now that Verizon has mostly completed their initial LTE rollout(more…)

Verizon’s First LTE-Only Phones to Launch Late Next Year, Along With VoLTE

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Verizon’s completion of their 4G LTE rollout means big things for next year’s roadmap, according to a recent discussion with the carrier’s Chief Network Operator, Nicki Palmer. Shooting for a time frame of late 2014, Verizon intends to launch its first line of LTE-only devices, capable of handling simultaneous voice and data through a single radio, something that Verizon’s users have been without for some time.  (more…)

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?” (more…)

Verizon Plans to Launch VoLTE Phones by End of This Year to Help Lower Subsidies

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Speaking at the Deutsche Bank 2013 Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, Verizon  CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo brought to life the idea that his company will likely start to sell VoLTE devices by the end of this year or early 2014 and that they will help lower subsidies in phones. With VoLTE (voice-over LTE), there isn’t a need for a CDMA modem inside the device because voice and data are both done over LTE, so the prices of phones would essentially drop and become more affordable to consumers.  (more…)

VoLTE Could Slash Smartphone Battery Life by 50%?

According to a recent study, a test of battery life between 3G (CDMA) and VoLTE showed a 50% reduction when placing calls over LTE only. The test apparently took place over an unnamed U.S. operator’s network in two major markets using a smartphone that was capable of making both VoLTE and CDMA calls. We do not know the specific device, only that it was using a fully charged 1540mAh battery.  (more…)

Verizon: VoLTE Launching End of 2013, in Testing Now

Today, Verizon is letting the public in on plans for their 4G LTE network. VZW’s Nicola Palmer first laid out the numbers, which are growing more impressive by the day. As of right now, Verizon’s 4G LTE covers 75% of America’s population with 350+ markets. Today’s announcement is big for Verizon, as they have announced that they will easily meet their goal of having 400 LTE markets by the end of this year. On and around October 18, 4G LTE will go live in 20+ additional cities, bringing the total to 417 cities.  (more…)