MetroPCS Needs Another 6 Months to Refine VoLTE
MetroPCS today said that it will require another four to six months of fine-tuning before voice over LTE (VoLTE) will be available in all 14 of its LTE markets. Speaking at an investor conference, MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist said, "There are a number of changes that need to be made in base station optimization in Dallas." MetroPCS was the first U.S. carrier to launch VoLTE service, which went live in Dallas earlier this year. "This is not your grandfather's Buick. This is a different animal." Linquist also said that the company plans to update its LTE devices as it makes improvements to its LTE network, and hinted that the updates will include new features. "We think there's an opportunity for people to be assured that they won't have to discard their handset because there's a new technology coming in," he said. As the name implies, voice over LTE uses the LTE data network to conduct voice calls, rather than the legacy cellular network.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
MetroPCS CDMA Network to Go Dark in June
T-Mobile intends to shutter MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network by late June, according to information on the carrier's web site. The company recently said it had three major metro markets — and about 500,000 customers — still using its CDMA network.
Verizon to Bring VoLTE to Prepaid Later this Year
Verizon Wireless plans to give its prepaid subscribers access to VoLTE services, including HD Voice and video calls in the near future. Prepaid customers will need to add HD Voice to their account before they can make HD calls, but the add-on will be free.