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NewsPoster Jun 27, 2013 10:11 AM
Verizon launches 4G LTE network in 500th market, plans LTE-only phones
Verizon is looking towards offering smartphones made to run just on a <a href="" rel='nofollow'>4G LTE</a> network when it introduces VoLTE. Comments made by Verizon chief network officer Nicki Palmer about the LTE-only smartphones come at the same time as the network effectively completes its initial LTE build-out, and activated 4G LTE in its 500th market. <br />
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Palmer commented during a media call that the cost of LTE radios are reducing, allowing for a potentially cheaper phone, but such a project will not be usable until there are enough phones that work with VoLTE in the first place, <a href="" rel='nofollow'>writes</a> <em>CNET</em>. "We will get this right, our brand is built on reliability," said Palmer, continuing "We will want to go big with this, we're working aggressively now." Verizon already does offer a device with just an LTE connection, but it is the <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Samsung Galaxy Camera</a> rather than a smartphone. <br />
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VoLTE, Voice-over-LTE, has been <a href="" rel='nofollow'>in testing</a> on Verizon for some time now, with Palmer revealing in the call that it will not be operational until next year. The system allows for voice calls to be transmitted over a data-only LTE connection. Rather than rolling out over various markets slowly, VoLTE will be activated in a large number of markets simultaneously, and will still allow users to make calls and use the Internet at the same time. <br />
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The carrier's LTE network, now active in 500 markets, covers over 298 million people across the US, and also covers more than 99-percent of its existing 3G footprint. While LTE through Verizon is available in 49 states, Alaska will join the rest in having LTE service next month.
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