Verizon: VoLTE won’t be generally available until 2014

Out at the CTIA MobileCON show, Verizon execs say it won’t start consumer trials of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) until late 2013, with service turn up not expected until 2014. Advantages the carrier had with first introducing the technology in the U.S. seem to have gone by the wayside when it comes to voice service.

Verizon Wireless Vice President of Network and CTO Nicola Palmer told CNet’s News.com that consumer trials would happen in late 2013 with service to follow “likely in the subsequent year”
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Back in February 2011, Verizon Wireless said it would be rolling out VoLTE service in late 2012.  Company officials started omitting a rollout timeframe for over this summer and word began to leak out of delays for service introduction.

Palmer went on to say the company had surpassed its’ goal of covering over 400 markets with LTE by two months.

HD Voice News has yet to see a piece by the mass media delving into the details/disconnect between Verizon’s initial introduction date and the postponed one.

U.S. carriers seem to be settling into a 2014 state of mind when it comes to VoLTE.  Comments from various industry sources indicated Sprint would likely be introducing VoLTE sometime in 2014, while other reports have said AT&T will introduce VoLTE in the 2013-2014 timeframe.

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