Verizon Reschedules VoLTE-Only Phones for 2016
Verizon Wireless has moved back the timeframe for deploying handsets without CDMA chipsets by two years. The company plans to debut VoLTE service by the end of 2014, but will continue to use its CDMA network for the bulk of voice calls for another two years. Verizon earlier had said VoLTE-only devices would appear this year. "For us, when we launch a new technology, we have to make sure our quality is strong because the CDMA network was so strong," said CFO Fran Shammo to investors. "We don't go before we know it's ready." Shammo's comments indicate Verizon isn't yet confident in the quality of its forthcoming VoLTE service, which was originally expected to kick off last year. T-Mobile has expanded the reach of its VoLTE service to 200 million people, and AT&T launched VoLTE in a limited fashion across the midwest earlier this year. Sprint hasn't said if or when it will deploy VoLTE. Verizon's Shammo said the company will finish deploying LTE on its AWS spectrum holdings by the end of the year. Verizon is using the AWS spectrum to supplement the LTE coverage and capacity provided by its 700MHz spectrum. Shammo also noted the company is looking at LTE Broadcast technology, but any sort of deployment is about a year away.
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.
Verizon Updates LG G3 with VoLTE
Verizon Wireless announced an over-the-air software update should hit the LG G3 beginning today that adds VoLTE capabilities. VoLTE passes voice calls over Verizon's LTE data network rather than its voice network.
AT&T and Verizon Kick Off Interoperable VoLTE Calling
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have begun allowing some customers to place VoLTE calls to one another. The carriers' deployment of interoperable VoLTE is woefully behind schedule.
AT&T, Verizon Intercarrier VoLTE Launch Target Comes and Goes
AT&T and Verizon Wireless are still working to launch support for intercarrier VoLTE, despite missing the initial target. The companies expected to allow one another's customers to connect VoLTE calls between them before the end of 2015.