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NewsPoster Jun 27, 2013 11:11 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="http://macnn.com/rd/288610==http://news.verizonwireless.com/LTE/Overview.html" 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="http://macnn.com/rd/288611==http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57591213-94/verizon-says-first-lte-only-phones-to-arrive-in-late-2014/" 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="http://macnn.com/rd/288613==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/04/14/android.camera.gets.180mb.update.effect.unclear/" rel='nofollow'>Samsung Galaxy Camera</a> rather than a smartphone. <br />
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VoLTE, Voice-over-LTE, has been <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288612==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/10/09/end.to.end.qos.said.to.deliver.clear.calls/" 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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