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Verizon Prepaid Launches Its First LTE-Only Phone, the ZTE Blade Vantage

Verizon Prepaid released a new Android Phone, the ZTE Blade Vantage today. It's a thoroughly low-end phone with one distinguishing feature, it's an LTE-only phone with no support for CDMA voice or 1xRTT or Ev-DO data.  That means that VoLTE will be used for all calls.

Verizon has announced plans to end 2G and 3G service and go all LTE by the end of 2019, so expect to see more LTE-only phones from Verizon in the future. The Blade Vantage is at least Verizon's second LTE-only phone, The first was the LG Exalt flip phone which was released in June and is currently only available to postpaid customers.

Other than being LTE-only the Blade Vantage has mostly unremarkable specs, although it does at least have 16 GB of internal memory and 2 GB of RAM. Other specs include a Snapdragon 210 MSM8909 SOC, 5 inch 854x480px screen, 2 MP Front and 8 MP rear cameras and a removable 2500 mAh battery.  It's currently available on the Verizon site for $49.99.

Source: Phone Dog

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  1. So I wonder how are they gonna handle the fake "unlimited data" plans (i.e. "Unlimited" data with the first 2 GB at LTE speed and the remainder at 2G speed.

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    1. They handle it the sane way they do now. Data at 2G speeds is mostly LTE throttled to 2G speeds.

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  2. Wrong. Verizon’s first LTE-only phone is the LG Exalt LTE flip phone running Android. Announced in June.

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    1. The Exult is mentioned in the post. It's not available from Verizon Prepaid. The Blade Vantage is Verizon Prepaid's first LTE-only phone

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    2. Motorola G4 play LTE only.

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    3. No it's not. The Moto G4 Play supports CDMA, EvDO, GSM and UMTS in addition to LTE.

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  3. 8 MP rear camera is better than most entry-level phones in this price range.

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  4. Correction: LG Exalt does not run Android. I was thinking of another new flip phone.

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  5. So if you lose LTE connectivity, then you won't be able to make and receive phone calls?

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  6. This phone is a low-budget piece of Doodoo

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    1. That's only fifty bucks.

      Dale

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  7. Does TMO have any LTE only phones?

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    1. No, they don't. How are you going to call out if your phone can't roam on the AT&T network?

      T-Mobile's LTE network and roaming agreements aren't all that.

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    2. I know their roaming agreements are wanting, for me it works out like this: native, then big dead spot, then finally after you think it is never going to connect again, it starts roaming on ATT.

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  8. Very interesting. But the question is whether Verizon can really turn off CDMA 1x and EVDO by the end of 2019. I think that's a bit optimistic. They had originally said end of 2021 and that's more likely to me. Way too many embedded devices and IoT stuff which relies on CDMA to kill it off that soon.

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  9. They need to have a way to know if you are placing calls or using other forms of data.

    If they do not, then one can go and use up their high speed and then not have any more high speed data to place calls. Unless the throttled data is fast enough to place calls. Is it?

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    1. Lol you don't think they do?

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    1. Yes, but with better QoS and priority than voIP.

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    2. VoIP includes sending over WiFi. VoLTE is exclusively over carrier network, so a special specific implementation of VoIP.

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  11. I have a Verizon VoLTE phone and can confirm that you can make VoLTE calls with mobile data turned off. I can tell that it's a VoLTE call because it says it's a HD Voice call. So they can tell the difference between data use and voice calls and VoLTE calls sound great. Much better than calls on the same phone with HD Voice turned off. However, inside both my office and my local Walmart I can't make any calls at all with HD Voice turned on. My phone shows only two bars and sometimes says 3G instead of LTE at these locations. So I assume there's better 2G/3G coverage indoors than LTE coverage. The only way I can get a call out is by turning off HD Voice before I place a call. Which wouldn't be possible if I had an LTE-only phone. So I can imagine a lot of people not being able to place calls indoors when 2G gets shut down or if they buy an LTE-only phone today. I don't know how Verizon is going to pull this off.

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    1. Verizon & others will pull this off by forcing us to use 5G networks with their intrusive 5G boxes they are quietly installing in larger cities.

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    2. What?? No Verizon LTE coverage in certain areas? You've got to be kidding!!!! What happened to the "best" network in the world?! Oh, that's just marketing hype??? If I was paying $100 for one line of service, I'd want it to work!! C'mon Verizon!

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    3. Agreed. LTE coverage isn't nearly ubiquitous enough to even approach what CDMA 1x offered and while you might have those small cells ("5G boxes in larger cities") that won't do any good in the smaller areas and rural where Verizon currently has decent coverage. LTE-only would shrink that map by a large factor right now. They've got a lot of work to do before they can pull the plug on the venerable CDMA network.

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    4. I'd love to have an RF transceiver in my house since radiant barrier and sheathing is becoming the norm.

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  12. I think the Asus phones on Verizon are a couple other LTE-only models. The online Set up Verizon Prepaid Service pages for both phones link to Set up Verizon Prepaid Service information, so it appears the Asus phones can probably also be used on Verizon Prepaid.

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  13. Unfortunately I have to turn off VoLTE on Verizon because call reliability is very poor. There is dead air during conversations which ends up being a lot of back and forth "hello can you hear me". Verizon is not ready for VoLTE only service.

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  14. Ok where is this week phone sales listing? Is Dennis on vacation again?

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    1. Seems like it was posted an hour before your post?

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  15. This is just a cheap ploy to cut manufacturing costs at customers' expense

    Even Big Red doesn't think LTE-only coverage is viable, otherwise they'd be shuttering their CDMA network tomorrow.

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    1. The thing with an LTE-only phone is if you go outside of a Verizon coverage area you won't even be able to call 911. With a 2G capable phone you can at least call 911 while roaming on any CDMA network even if your plan doesn't include roaming. I don't think LTE-only phones can roam on another LTE network to get a call out and even if they could it still wouldn't work in 2G-only coverage areas.

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  16. VoLTE-HD calls. Only Verizon and T-Mobile capable handsets support this even on their MVNO's.
    AT&T........good luck. Only post-paid customers get that perk. Go figure.........

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