Verizon may sell phones without CDMA chips in 2014

03/5/2013 | Verge, The

Verizon Wireless' intent to switch to Voice over LTE for regular calls by 2014 could enable the carrier to start selling "pure LTE" handsets later next year, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo told an investor conference. He said removing the CDMA chipset from phones could reduce the subsidies carriers pay to handset makers. Shammo also said Verizon will continue to draw substantial revenues from its CDMA network and that the boom in Wi-Fi-only tablets has boosted sales of MiFi personal hot spot devices.

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