Verizon now covering 500 markets with LTE, VoLTE coming in 2014

Verizon has announced this morning that they have rolled out LTE to 500 markets and now considers the initial deployment substantially complete. The lucky 500th market? That would go to Parkersburg, WV.

Verizon states that there are now more than 298 million people covered by LTE in the US which accounts for 95% of the population; 99% of Verizon’s 3G network is now also covered by LTE.

Looking forward, Verizon is planning to roll out VoLTE in 2014 which will bring with it high quality voice conversations; Verizon is currently testing this feature and has grand expectations for the service.

In only a few short years, 57% of Verizon’s data traffic now is on LTE, which is a huge shift for the company whose consumers were using 3G for many years and highlights the shift to more advanced mobile devices.

Verizon’s aggressive roll-out of LTE is not a surprise as the company is known for its expansive and reliable network. By covering nearly its entire 3G base, it will look to maintain its public perception of being the most reliable network in the US.

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Switch companies. Something like this is just reason to get out of a contract. I have known others who got out of contracts this way.

Its just a matter of time before Big Red changes its billing practices to match. First it was data that was unlimited, then they started charging for data but giving you more minutes (nearly limitless) for cheap. Soon, methinks, you won't even buy minutes, it will all be strictly data. Of course they'll have to dress it up with marketing lingo so the common user can understand it, but mark my words the day of being limited by minutes is nearly at an end.

DrIndianaJones said,
Its just a matter of time before Big Red changes its billing practices to match. First it was data that was unlimited, then they started charging for data but giving you more minutes (nearly limitless) for cheap. Soon, methinks, you won't even buy minutes, it will all be strictly data. Of course they'll have to dress it up with marketing lingo so the common user can understand it, but mark my words the day of being limited by minutes is nearly at an end.
Kinda depends. There will always be data plans for a while as many will still be using 4G phone well into the time when VoLTE is more mainstream. Just like even though 4G is very mainstream, many still have 3G phones.

They really don't need to change any prices. But I do agree, they will find a way to charge you more or VoLTE to circumvent loses from evaporating data plans.

Dane said,
Can I talk on the phone and use data at the same time with the new stuff or no?

VoLTE is just a softphone running on a data network, not the old way how CDMA worked where it was one or the other

Dane said,
Can I talk on the phone and use data at the same time with the new stuff or no?
Yes you can depending on what phone you have. ATT use to make a huge issue about being about to talk and do data at the same time while VZW could not. But VZW did patch several 3G phones so that you could do so. Not sure which models were patched. But if I ma not mistaken, the iPhone 4 on VZW was one of them..

Many think you cant do voice and data on CDMA, but you can. The reason VZW didn't is because the network wouldn't have been able to handle the traffic; because CDMA wasn't designed for that in the first place.

But they ill more than make up for it with VoLTE. What sucks is, once it is implemented you will like have to buy a supporting device.

Verizon needs to go 100% LTE and VoLTE and get people off old phones, make all their towers put out LTE signal at the highest rate and power possible and just be done with it... can dream right?

There is a lot more than phones that depend on cellular networks. Some alarm companies use them when people lack plain old telephone service. I imagine that you can't shut 3G down quickly, in addition to the fact that with roaming agreements, other companies roam on verizon and vice versa. LTE, so far, doesn't have good roaming capabilities due to spectrum fragmentation.

And I heard last night they might be coming to Canada. This might be the best thing to happen to Canadian carriers. If there's reduced roaming rates or no rates, it would cripple the big three in Canada.