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…)

MetroPCS Launches World’s First VoLTE Network and Smartphone, Take That Big Four!

The world’s first “commercially available” Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) network launched today, but it wasn’t from a carrier that you would have expected to be first. MetroPCS takes the cake this time around, something they should actually be proud of.

VoLTE is a data service that will transform the industry once it is widely adopted. Current carrier networks that have 4G LTE capabilities still rely on CDMA or GSM to handle their voice calls and texting, but with VoLTE, data takes care of it all. Call quality and stability should be greatly improved once you have the entire process handled by data. We would assume that battery life on devices will also become much more efficient with there being no need to power a second 3G or 2G radio, however, devices of that nature may still be a ways out.

Along with this announcement of the first VoLTE network, MetroPCS is also announcing the first phone to take advantage of it, the LG Connect 4G.

Fun news, right?

Once Verizon covers the country in 4G LTE over the next year, you can imagine that they will start to ready VoLTE service of their own. They have reportedly begun testing in a couple of markets and have said that they could start rolling it out in 2013 to the public. By the end of 2013, they may even offer VoLTE-only devices. (more…)