Verizon Wireless is looking to launch Voice Over LTE by the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014. With Voice Over LTE this will allow for Verizon to route all voice calls and text messages over the company’s 4G / LTE network. Right now voice calls and text messages are currently going through the company’s 3G CDMA network.
During the Deutsche Bank 2013 Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo stated, “As Verizon moves to Voice Over LTE technology late this year and early next year, the company will begin to launch devices without CDMA chipsets in them, which also should reduce subsidy cost.”
Verizon believes that subsidies for smartphones and other devices will fall over the next couple or few years as competition increases between the different operating systems and devices that will be made to only run on LTE.
Shammo also said, “That subsidy cost are a big part of Verizon’s expenses, but only one part, and he said that the subsidy model has prevailed in the U.S. market for the last 12 years.”
Carriers are looking at eliminating subsidies to increase their bottom line. T-Mobile has already done this by selling a device for $99 then charging you $20 a month on your bill for 20 months to pay it off. One of the reason plans on MetroPCS and Virgin Mobile are so inexpensive is because they are not trying to recover the device subsidy.
After just posting what looks like the launch date for the iPhone on T-Mobile we also received word that the BlackBerry Z10 will be available in T-Mobile stores starting March 27. This would keep with T-Mobile wanting to be the first carrier to offer the device.
We are also told that Verizon will launch it the following day, March 28. This all fits perfectly into the block out dates for time off from March 24 through April 5 imposed by T-Mobile on their employees.
The only mobile technology news to come out of Samsung today and the much anticipated press conference was confirmation of what we all already knew. This month Verizon will be offering the Galaxy Note 10.1 with 4G / LTE.
The Note 10.1 is equipped with S Pen and a suite of apps designed for stylus-based input. You also get true multi-tasking and the ability to display multiple apps side by side. The processor is a 1.4 GHz quad-core, ships with 2GB’s RAM and Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.
Today is a big day for Verizon Wireless as the company is celebrating their two-year anniversary of 4G LTE. Verizon now serves 440 markets with the 4G LTE network.
If you take a close look at the picture above you will see Verizon put together a little fact sheet for you to see how well the company’s 4G LTE network has taken off.
Once again Verizon was the highest ranked mobile carrier in the U.S. but overall their satisfaction rating has dropped. The Consumer Reports survey was based off of voice / data service quality, staff knowledge and issue resolution. These results are based on polls from 63,250 subscribers.
The carriers all maintained their positions from last year with Sprint pulling in second place followed by T-Mobile and then AT&T. AT&T has a reputation of coming in dead last in this annual survey and we don’t see them instituting any changes to improve the scores anytime soon.
While AT&T did leave this satisfaction survey with a black eye, the respondents did give AT&T the highest score for their LTE network surpassing all of Verizon’s claims of biggest and best.
The complete results are available in the January 2013 Consumer Reports magazine or online via this link. (Subscription Required)
If you’re on Verizon Wireless and placed your pre-order for the Samsung Galaxy Note II or waiting for the Android smartphone to arrive, you’ll be happy to know the company has announced that the phablet will be available in stores and on-line starting tomorrow November 29th.
Those who pre-ordered their Galaxy Note II will receive an e-mail alert letting them know that their device has been shipped.
The Galaxy Note II will be available in either Marble White or Titanium Grey for $299.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement. Specifications listed below.
- 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display
- 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- 8 megapixel camera with Auto Focus and LED flash
- 0.9 megapixel VT front-facing camera
- 2 GB of RAM
- NFC (Near Field Communications)
- 3,100 Li-ion battery
Verizon has posted a fairly complex holiday video. It is Jingle Bell Rock staring Verizon and Hot Chelle Rae. It documents a 3,000 mile road trip across the United States while lip syncing Jingle Bell Rock. It looks like it was a lot of fun to produce.
Verizon Wireless is expanding its LTE network once again keeping it at the head of the pack of other 4G LTE wireless providers.Verizon is currently avaliable to more than 250 million people throughout the United States.
Verizon is expanding their network in order to better serve their customers in the Southern California area. The expansion will cover customers in the cities of Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, and the Oak View area. Also the neighborhoods of Stevenson Ranch, Saugus, Newhall, Valencia, Canyon Country, Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, and the town of Apple Valley.
Verizon’s 4G LTE network will be avaliable in these areas Thursday November 15th.