AT&T and T-Mobile have already started their VoLTE network rollout, and T-Mobile technically says theirs is nationwide…except it’s not. AT&T has it available in a few markets on a few devices. Verizon has said in the past that their VoLTE network would launch everywhere they have LTE all at once. And that’s going to be in Q4. So sometime between October 1st and December 31st we should see VoLTE make it’s way to Big Red’s towers. So it shouldn’t be too much longer. Verizon stated today that the Galaxy S5 and a few other devices are capable of VoLTE, with more coming in Q4. While their VoLTE network will launch in Q4, they won’t actually allow anyone to use it until next year when they have enough devices out there in the wild that can use it.
As for when we get full GSM devices on Verizon? Well we still have some time. According to Verizon Wireless CFO, Fran Shammo, that’ll be 2016. And the reason being, is they need to get LTE to blanket their current CDMA network and make sure it’s up to par before decommissioning it and going LTE only. So next year, we’ll see devices that can do traditional voice calls as well as VoLTE calls.
So in a way this is good news for Verizon’s customers, as they’ll be doing plenty of testing to be sure the network is ready to go before allowing the masses in on the VoLTE network. I’m sure I’m not the only one that remembers all those LTE outages Verizon had a few years ago when LTE was a brand new technology, right? But on the bright side, it should mean we can bring unlocked devices to Verizon in 2016. How many of you are excited to see LTE-only phones? Let us know in the comments below.