First LTE-only Phones Will Reach Verizon In 2016

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At an investor conference today, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo trecent the audience that the first phones to rely solely on the carrier's 4G LTE network for making voice calls are due to arrive in the first half of 2016.

Before that, Verizon is getting ready to switch on Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) functionality towards the discontinue of this year.

This will allow calls to utilize the high-speed technology, which correct now only supports data traffic. However, VoLTE-capable devices will still be able to connect to Big Red's 3G network for both calls and data.

That's all going to change in 2016, when the first 4G-only handsets will become available. This doesn't, however, mean that the company is planning on turning off its 3G network then. It hasn't announced plans for anything like that yet. But starting in a couple of years phones srecent by Verizon will require one less radio to be fitted in them, which may or may not create them cheaper - that remains to be seen.

Verizon is taking this long to release 4G-only devices in order to ensure that the voice calls delivered over the LTE network are of the same quality (if not better) than those that utilize its 3G CDMA-based network.

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