T-Mobile and AT&T have been leading the charge when it comes to voice-over-LTE, but it looks like Verizon is almost ready to offer high-quality voice calls as well. Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo revealed the news during an investor conference when he confirmed VoLTE will launch by the end of 2014.
Shammo added that while VoLTE should be available from Verizon by the end of the year, the carrier will still rely on its existing 3G network as well. In fact, it looks like the first LTE-only smartphones may not hit the network until 2016. The company says it has already blanketed pretty much the entire country in LTE service, but transferring all calls over to the high-speed network could take a while.
“For us, when we launch a new technology, we have to make sure our quality is strong,” Shammo said. “We don’t go before we know it’s ready.”
VoLTE will eventually guarantee improved voice quality, though for now the newer network just isn’t as stable as Verizon’s tried and true 3G network.