At the Deutsche Bank db Access Media, Internet, and Telecom conference yesterday, Verizon came out strongly in favor of LTE-only phones.
Fran Shammo, CFO of Verizon, made it clear that once voice over LTE (Vo LTE) is rolled out across the network, LTE-only phones will hit store shelves.
Verizon Wireless likes to boast that it has the best network coverage in the nation, and indeed, we've had plenty of readers tell us they rarely have a problem with signal strength on their Verizon phones.
Not only is it substantially faster than previous HSDPA and CDMA “3G” standards, but it’s often faster than speeds offered by cable ISPs.
Applies to all current customers having Toughbook models with an imbedded Gobi 1000 modem running on the AT&T Network on Windows XP, Vista and 7 Operating Systems.
This upgrade will change the necessary settings to enable CMAS on your device as mandated by the FCC as well as eliminate intermittent modem disconnects thereby improving network connectivity.
By deprecating the old tech, we will be hastening better sounding calls across the board.
(See: Next-generation LTE radios with Vo LTE will reduce power consumption by 50%.)Verizon is talking a good game about how dropping support for CDMA will substantially reduce costs of devices and allow for deeper subsidies. LTE coverage is still far from universal, and we can only cross our fingers and hope that Verizon will have the follow-through to reach every single market already covered by 3G.