It became clear Verizon Wireless had also been planning to get rid of its CDMA phone service after it had successfully deployed its LTE network for voice calls around three years ago. This time around, the Big Red is now moving on to offering its first LTE only device to its customers. Considering that the handset is LG’s Exalt LTE, which happens to be a flip feature phone, it is safe to say that the number one wireless carrier in the United States may be wanting to attract the attention of mobile users who favor having a feature phone instead of a smartphone and steer them away from Verizon’s network.
As far as feature phones are concerned, the LG Exalt LTE does look more tough and even more aesthetically pleasing as compared to other mobile devices of its ilk. But users need carefully remember that it is still merely a feature phone after all, and interested parties may do well to manage their expectations.
Still, specifications wise, the Exalt LTE device comes equipped with a 3 inch WQVGA screen (complemented with a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot video footage at 720p), a 1.1 GigaHertz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, 8 gigabytes of built in memory (plus support for micro SD cards up to 32 gigabytes of additional storage, up to six hours of battery life (standby time of 10 days), and a text to speech feature. The handset also supports HD Voice and Wi-Fi Calling, plus voice dictation tools and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
Sure, those specs will not hold up well against any smartphone, but for those who just want a handset to make or take phone calls, the Exalt LTE is pretty adequate. And it is well worth remembering that those phone calls will course through Verizon Wireless’ LTE network, which means that they will make full use of the mobile operator’s HD Voice feature to produce call audio of high resolution quality.
One can commend the Big Red’s effort to to encourage users of feature phones to upgrade (by way of the LG Exalt LTE handset). If Verizon Wireless manages to do just that, then it can soon put itself in a good position to leverage its existing CDMA network for other purposes, like dedicating it for Internet of Things devices, for instance.
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