MetroPCS Schedules VoLTE Transition for Early 2012
MetroPCS today revealed that it plans to begin transitioning its CDMA-based voice traffic to a new voice-over-LTE system starting in the first quarter of 2012. During its recently quarterly earnings call, MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist said, "We are planning to begin introducing VoLTE-capable handsets early next year to move voice as well as data traffic to our LTE network." MetroPCS is already moving some of its services, notably SMS/MMS, to its LTE infrastructure. Voice calls placed over the LTE network won't be traditional circuit-switched calls, but will instead rely on VoIP. The move is meant to help MetroPCS make more efficient use of its spectrum assets, which lie in the PCS (1900MHz) and AWS (1700MHz) bands.
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.
T-Mobile Announces Native Video Calling Service
T-Mobile today announced T-Mobile Video Calling, a service that works with the native phone dialer of select handsets without requiring special apps. Like VoLTE and HD Voice, T-Mobile Video Calling can move easily between LTE and WiFi with no dropped video.
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.
MetroPCS CDMA Network Shutdown On Track for June 21
MetroPCS plans to switch off its legacy CDMA network on June 21. MetroPCS parent T-Mobile says about 190,000 customers are still using CDMA handsets in the three markets that offer CDMA coverage, down from 300,000 about a month ago.
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.
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