Verizon May Push for LTE-Only Phones (no CDMA) in 2014 to Lower Subsidies

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    Verizon May Push for LTE-Only Phones (no CDMA) in 2014 to Lower Subsidies


    Some of Verizon's potential future plans for 2014 have been shared by CFO Fran Shammo. He indicated that Verizon might start releasing smartphones in 2014 which will not have CDMA, but instead will be LTE-Only and employ Voice Over LTE technology. Here's a quote from him,

    "We will ultimately get to voice over LTE, probably end of this year, beginning of next year. Then if you look out into late 2014 then you start to think of things like, okay, so now I can start to take the CDMA chip out of the phone and just have a pure LTE handset. That also starts to reduce subsidies. So over the next two to three years I think we will start to see subsidies come down."
    While the idea of moving toward newer and better technologies is normally an exciting thing, it's worth mentioning that Verizon's motivation for this has nothing to do with the consumer and is really about reducing subsidies on devices for the company and making them more profit. Additionally, it would help the company move to a point where they can get rid of subsidies altogether. Of course, the end of subsidies would mean much higher up front fees for our devices. This could be potentially offset if the carrier would also lower their monthly prices. Obviously, that is a big "IF" and is nothing but a subject for pure speculation at this point.

    Do you think Verizon would pass on any of those subsidy savings to their customers?

    Source: TheVerge

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    No chance whatsoever. They'll keep every penny they can suck out of their customers.
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    Yes, they're greedy, but I've heard they provide good quality.
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    Re: Verizon May Push for LTE-Only Phones (no CDMA) in 2014 to Lower Subsidies

    Quote Originally Posted by Tears_for_Fears View Post
    Yes, they're greedy, but I've heard they provide good quality.
    I'll confirm that. In Louisiana there is no better wireless carrier than Verizon. Greedy as they are the quality has not waned..whereas AT&T...

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    whereas AT&T...
    That's UltraDroid's carrier. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tears_for_Fears View Post
    That's UltraDroid's carrier. :D
    True that! In Cleveland, there is no discernible difference in the signal quality between the two networks. AT&T has 4G here, and I don't know if Verizon does or not. The big difference is that AT&T is a GSM network, whereas Verizon uses CDMA devices.
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    Re: Verizon May Push for LTE-Only Phones (no CDMA) in 2014 to Lower Subsidies

    I think if they could do it, that would be a wise move for them. They already plan to have LTE enabled everywhere they have 3G by this summer.
    I have to confirm the quality service. I certainly don't like their business practices, (among other things) but they do have top notch customer and cell service.

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