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.
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.
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.
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.
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