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When it comes to global phone service, GSM tends to be the favored standard. In the United States, however, both Sprint and Verizon continue to push CDMA devices. The good news is that as LTE continues to expand across the country, it’s only a matter of time before Big Red ditches CDMA and in favor of LTE-only devices.

Just how soon are we talking about? According to Verizon’s Fran Shammo at an investor conference, the first LTE-only handsets will arrive in the first half of 2016, which will come a little less than two years after the launch of LTE voice on Big Red’s network. Of course just because Verizon is beginning the transition in two years doesn’t mean CDMA will be turned off overnight.

While Verizon hasn’t detailed its plans for phasing out CDMA, we imagine it will be at least a few years after the beginning of the LTE-only device rollout before they make the jump. Either way, CDMA’s days are numbered.