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Verizon to Sell Only LTE-Capable Phones For Rest of the Year

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Mar 14, 2012, 10:26 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Verizon Wireless said that for the rest of 2012, all the smartphones it announces will include LTE 4G support. Verizon is hoping to convince more customers to switch to LTE devices, and said that only 5% of its customer base is using LTE devices at the moment. It is offering double the data to LTE 4G smartphone customers in a current promotion. Verizon also hopes to double the number of markets covered by LTE before the end of 2012. "By the end of the year, our plan is to be in at least 400 markets across the country," said Verizon Wireless CTO David Small in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Verizon's current LTE footprint is about 200 markets. By 2013, Verizon Wireless said it will cover 260 million Americans with 4G LTE, an estimate that is 10 million higher than Verizon's previous projections.

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MarryTheNight

Mar 14, 2012, 11:18 AM

VoLTE

Any word on when that will be coming?
What's the benefit of VoLTE? Will it be any clearer sounding than then standard watery garbled sounding CDMA?
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forumjunkie44

Mar 18, 2012, 10:16 PM

Smart Move

They are doing the right thing. Let's get everyone off 3G so they can use that spectrum for 4G. I hope they don't get rid of 1X for voice because that could be bad.
mycool

Mar 14, 2012, 11:45 AM

Does this mean...

That Verizon will carry a 4G Blackberry (BB10) device by end of year?
because they like being behind the curve. Razz
I'd hope blackberry would at least release a 4G devices, whether it be LTE or Sprint's Wi-Max since LTE is yet to be seen on Sprint.
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andy2373

Mar 14, 2012, 12:18 PM

Make it has reliable as your 3G first.

Only 5% of VZW's base is currently using 4G devices.
Well duh! Surprised
How many outages have there been lately? I know, I know, it's to be expected. Never the less it doesn't inspire confidence in consumers if you want them to switch to 4G. Especially if VZW is talking about going voice over LTE.
Second, battery life, battery life...remember when there weren't extended batteries? Oh the horror, what'd we do back then!?! Shocked
And I think if tiered data plans have done one thing it's made consumers realize..."Hey, I don't need gobs and gobs of data." I think AT&T has even come out lately and said the majority of consumers don't even come close to using 5GB a month.
So if you're not using much you probably don't care if what you do use is the ...
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All good points, but...

I bet whats holding most people back from moving to 4G devices so quickly are things like being locked into existing contracts, availability only in Android devices, and like it or not lack of 4G in any iPhone which makes up...
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Just because you have an LTE phone doesn't mean you have to use LTE all the time, if the LTE is 'wonky' or it hurts battery life, you can turn it off and use LTE only when you need it.
 
 
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