Last year, Verizon promised to have its VoLTE service up and running by 2014 along with LTE only phones to launch around the same time. But it seems like the carrier will miss that timeline by a big margin with the CEO Fran Shammo now mentioning that the first VoLTE-only phone won’t break cover until 2016.
This is bad news for those waiting for the carrier’s cost effective VoLTE handset, but on the other hand, it’s good to know that the carrier doesn’t want to give users a product with no complete support for its networks. By two years, the carrier will have expanded its VoLTE networks to most corners of the U.S., so it makes more sense to have a device ready then. Having the reputation of being one of the best mobile networks in the U.S., it behooves Verizon to offer its services to customers only when it’s fully ready.
For those unaware, a VoLTE-only phone will allow customers to make phone calls directly through VoLTE rather than using standard cellular networks. Some carriers are already rolling out VoLTE services across the U.S., so we’re going to hear a lot more about it in the coming months.