Verizon Already Testing VoLTE, Full Deployment Not Until 2013?

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We recently took a hard look at the state of voice communication technologies, specifically looking at VoIP and VoLTE. VoLTE has tons of potential for delivering higher call quality than we’re currently used to while freeing-up portions of the wireless spectrum. Some of that payoff is very far down the line, so we’re anxious to see when carriers might hurry-up and get things started. There was a lot of chatter about the future of VoLTE that was taking place about a year ago. At that time, we heard that AT&T might go VoLTE in 2013, with Verizon planning to get started with it something this year. Of course, rumors don’t tend to age very well, so what are the latest expectations about VoLTE in the States? Industry sources now believe that Verizon is already in limited testing of VoLTE, and expects to get things going nation-wide in 2013.

There’s still a good chance that Verizon will start offering the feature to a wider group of subscribers sometime later this year, but the full measure won’t be available until 2013. Details are elusive on the testing Verizon’s currently involved with. Supposedly, two markets are included in the project, but we haven’t been told which. Additionally, there’s no word of the hardware involved, but the LG Revolution has been the long-standing candidate for launching Verizon LTE.

Source: Light Reading Mobile

Via: Engadget

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