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Meet the LG Exalt, Verizon's First LTE-Only Flip Phone

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What's the point?

Sams

Jun 16, 2017, 11:39 AM
Really, if there's no email (perhaps only a mobile useless browser), who needs LTE service? The voice calls are not much better (and worse at times), and LTE sucks battery much faster (hence, they upped the battery from 900mAh on the Exalt II to 1470). I wish LG would add an email application for this (Verizon doesn't support email on dumb phones anymore).

It's also sad to see the useless gimicky front LCD, instead of providing a reguler, easy to read display.

I do welcome (improved over the Exalt II) the 8gb of interior memory instead of 256mb!! and the HD-quality 720p video recording. Is the camera/lens itself improved? It remains to be seen. Both have a 5mp. I hope phoneScoop would do a review on this phone.

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msteven3

Jun 16, 2017, 3:45 PM
You have to keep in mind that VZW wants to retire CDMA within the next few years and go LTE-only. For that to happen, they need to get CDMA phones off their network, and dumbphones are some of the least upgraded devices out there. People get them, and, because no new features are added to new models, they keep them until they die. That means VZW has to get something out there for these folks to upgrade to besides another CDMA phone. At this point, I think it's safe to say that the people who haven't gotten smartphones likely never will, so, to keep them as customers, VZW has to offer a few dumbphones in their lineup. My guess is that the ones that only do CDMA are going to be phased out as quickly as possible.
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Rich Brome

Jun 20, 2017, 12:33 PM
Exactly. The point of this phone is to continue providing an option for people who are only interested in a flip-style feature phone. Verizon needs to start phasing out CDMA-only phones if they ever expect to shut off the legacy CDMA network.

Also, this low-profile phone is a good first "toe in the water" for LTE-only phones. Verizon can learn lessons from this phone that they can then apply to upcoming smartphones that will also lack CDMA and rely only on LTE.
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Rich Brome

Jun 20, 2017, 12:37 PM
Every phone will need LTE when they shut off the CDMA network. This phone lays the first groundwork for that eventual, necessary step. It won't be for a while, but it will happen. You will not see Verizon launch another new phone without LTE, I promise you.

I don't believe this has any kind of front LCD or display. It just has a single notification light on the outside.
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