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