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Verizon testing service in two cities now

Anyone that has used a smartphone on a network that doesn't allow the simultaneous use of both voice and data services has likely run into an issue where they needed to do just that. While on Verizon’s network, looking up a phone number online for someone you are talking to (if you aren’t near a Wi-Fi hotspot) is impossible without the ability to handle voice and data use at once.
 
Verizon, however, is working on bringing that capability to its LTE networks.
 
PhoneArena reports that Verizon is already running voice-over-LTE trials in two major cities and has plans to roll the service out nationwide next year. This is the tech that will let your use data and voice at one time on the LTE networks across the country. The service is called VoLTE for short and one of the big benefits is that it gives you better sound than landline on normal wireless calls.
 
The national rollout of VoLTE is set for 2013 barring anything unforeseen interfering with the plans. It’s worth noting that 2013 is also when Verizon plans to have 4G service in all its 3G areas today. That is key since LTE coverage around the country in all 3G areas would prevent issues if a user's device fell back to 3G coverage while using data and voice.
 
AT&T also has plans to roll out VoLTE in 2013

Source: PhoneArena



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By Arsynic on 1/20/2012 10:50:08 AM , Rating: 2
This is all I'm interested in. Will Verizon try to apply a nonsensical business model on this service to protect its revenue stream? Will we still be charged for voice and data even though we're just using data?




By KentState on 1/20/2012 11:46:33 AM , Rating: 2
I hope that they are different charges. I like that I can share minutes on a family plan, talk Verizon to Verizon for free and have 10 favorites. If it's rolled together, I'm afraid the price would skyrocket if you talked on the phone a lot.


By cjc1103 on 1/20/2012 11:55:21 AM , Rating: 2
Sure, they'll just rollout a "VoLTE" plan, that's the same price as the combined current voice and data plans! Of course, texting will still be extra cost, why mess with their cash cow?


By sigmatau on 1/20/2012 8:12:02 PM , Rating: 2
Wow! Verizon is still in the stone age? And I thought only Sprint was the last major carrier in this basket.

The major complaint from my coworkers of our Sprint phones (horrible blackberry devices) is that you can't receive emails when you are on the phone. You really still have to put up with this on Verizon? I can't shake my head any more!

Emails are really important to me on the field. A 30 minute phone call should not hold up your emails. There have been so many times that I have been on that stupid blackberry for almost an hour, and as soon as I hang up I get 5 emails. That is beyond stupid.

Good thing I carry an AT&T phone. I will see the rest of you when you get there.


Battery life?
By Souka on 1/20/2012 11:32:09 AM , Rating: 2
So current, and soon arriving, LTE devices have poor LTE-battery life compared to GSM "cell-talking" time.

Take the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
(From Anandtech review)
11.15 hours - Cellular talk time
3.84 hours - LTE
5.65 hours - GSM

I can only assume "talking" on LTE will use some sort of special battery saving function, but just based on the above numbers it doesn't look good.

Also, at my work we ditched desk phones for most of our mobile users in the office and have issued either iTouch or iPhone deviecs which use VOIP via our WiFi. Working really well and they really like being able to get phone calls, email, and have for home use.

VOIP has come a long way in the past decade...and it'll be the future on mobile devices. It's all data....




RE: Battery life?
By vortmax2 on 1/20/2012 1:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
Once LTE is integrated on the 28nm chips, the battery life should increase to (or close to) 3G levels. It will be interesting to see it for real when the new silicon makes it into actual phones in a couple of months.


RE: Battery life?
By leexgx on 1/20/2012 10:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
really they need to sort out bat life with bigger battery + smaller 28nm chip (like the Motorola maxx 3000mAh+ bat)

having an 2g/3g/LTE in one chip will still use more power then an 2g/3g one


Wait.
By JazzMang on 1/21/2012 4:33:21 PM , Rating: 3
I'm on Verizon LTE and already have the ability to talk and pull data simultaneously. Whats the pull for VoLTE again?

Confusered.




Flat rate?
By thatdroidguy on 1/21/2012 8:56:38 AM , Rating: 2
This rollout is just what Verizon customers need. When VoLTE rolls completely out you will get more bang for your buck. Insteadl of buying a voice plan then adding an expensive data plan, you would buy a data plan and buy a couple hundred minutes to cover what your data phone calls didnt get like landlines.. The price of phones would come down, better family plans, better quality of phones (cdma-less) and for a Big Red customer thats very gooooooooood news. I can't wait......why? U ask? The cost of operating my Verizion smartphone will decrease but not with me doing my homework?




By Targon on 1/23/2012 12:57:06 PM , Rating: 2
If you look at the data used for VoIP services like Vonage, or from your cable provider, you don't need a lot of bandwidth to support calls being ENTIRELY over the data service already, without the need for LTE. Skype should work fine on on 3G, and with QoS settings to prioritize phone call data, it's pretty weak that Verizon is just now figuring out how to make this idea work.

I can see a point in the future where 802.22 based mobile devices could easily replace current cellular technologies.




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