Verizon to Deploy AWS Devices and Spectrum This Year
Replying to: VoLTE Only? by andy2373
Re: VoLTE-only is FAR, FAR away
I worked at VZW during the analog to digital conversion. Digital-only handsets (the good ol' LG VX6000) didn't get launched until Verizon's native network was well over 99% digital coverage. There were still significant off-network analog areas in the wilderness that were covered by way of roaming agreements, but pretty much all the core coverage was 1xRTT.
We'll see the same thing happen here, I'm sure. Once the 700 MHz spectrum is built out to cover the existing 3G footprint, then you can most likely expect to start seeing devices that are 1xRTT + LTE only, cutting out the EVDO radios.
1xRTT will almost certainly live longer than EVDO, the way things are shaping up now.
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