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One-third of U.S. to be covered by LTE in 2010 says Verizon

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One-third of U.S. to be covered by LTE in 2010 says Verizon
As testing of its 4G LTE network ends in Boston and Seattle, and with "friendly user trials" starting later this summer, Verizon CTO Tony Melone says he expects one-third of the country to be covered by LTE by the end of this year. So far, the carrier has seen peak rates of  40Mbps and 50Mbps (down) with average download rates of  5Mbps to 12Mbps and upload rates of 2Mbps to 5Mbps. Melone says that 25 to 30 networks should be launched this year, representing a third of the U.S., which is expected to double 15 months after launch. By the end of 2013, Big Red's 4G network will be the same size of its current 3G coverage, if not larger, according to the Verizon executive. Melone also added that the first LTE smartphones for Verizon would be available in the first half of 2011 while other data centric devices like aircards, USB sticks and devices like Mi-Fi would beat the handsets out by about one quarter. At the same time, Verizon will continue beefing up its 3G network even while working toward finishing the LTE build-out.The carrier says it believes that when finished, its LTE footprint will be larger than the 3G coverage of competitors. It's a lot for Verizon customers to look forward to.

source: Engadget (Trials end), (LTE coverage), (LTE devices)

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


-I guess it was a matter of time before they react to Sprint's Wimax and the EVO beast coming out in a few months.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 03:48

2. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


I wonder if Verizon will use Android for a debut device too? Android seems to be the best frontrunner for 4G since it can multitask and has open development, etc. ...unlike Apple, who's too busy riding the leg of AT&T to jump on a carrier pushing for 4G :P

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 04:03

3. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


They may be slow about it but AT&T has 4G plans as well. LTE actually. When all is said and done AT&T VZW TMO and metroPCS will all be LTE carriers. And by the time VZW has a well established LTE footprint, apple will surely b free from AT&T and produce an LTE iPhone for any compatible network.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 07:39

4. crappypunk (Posts: 131; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)


Verizon has been saying this since last year.. it's not a reaction to Sprint.. they're just confirming it at CTIA

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 09:02

5. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


t-Mo may be changing to WiMax if the rumors are true. And it kind of matches their push to catch Sprint and their push to get teh best phones...

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 12:54

14. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


all verizon does is talk n talk ''we gunna get LTE running'' they have been saying that since last year and have they done it NO! sprint kept their promise and are rolling out 4G also from what i heard metro pcs is also going to roll out 4G LTE this year and most likely they gunna take out 4G first than verizon knowing verizon how slow they are they gunna have LTE by 2020...

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 13:35

15. cuddybonz (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


False total reaction to Sprint.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 14:35

17. VZW_redrep (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)


I hate when people talk crap about grammar, but Jesus Christ omarc26. Go back to middle school. Thanks.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 15:29

19. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


A matter of time? Your an idiot, Sprint "dashed" (no pun intended) in to 4g with WiCraps, its cheap and right up sprint's alley they are hoping to float on the "1st" 4g crap....anyone who knows anything about this stuff knows to fear LTE, VZW is the only one with the money to take time use their current dominant network and work on something that's going to be faster and last longer then WiMax, look forward to an early release of sprints 5g just to keep up with VZW LTE.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 16:35

25. numberonenygfan (Posts: 211; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)


i bet they debut with a four g apple device.. any takers ?!?!?!?

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 16:38

26. numberonenygfan (Posts: 211; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)


hey jackass.. they have been saying they are buliding and will have it in 25-30 markets by the end of the yaer THIS YEAR. You are crazy to think that sprint will overtake any carrier in the country. the ceo himself still has poopie dribbling down his leg, and hasnt cleaned the mess up from the last ceo that failed miserably! stop trashing vzw because you know your on sprint and sprint sucks big giant baaaalllzzzzz. vzw haters club! omarc26

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 16:55

27. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


@ numberonenygfan as a matter of fact i have verizon i have a storm 2. i dnt hate verizon i love it i had all the companies and verizon is the best one thats why im sticking to verizon i just wish that they hurried up on LTE!

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 16:56

28. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I AM IN MIDDDLE SKOO DUMASS

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 17:21

29. GlenF (Posts: 50; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)


Verizon has been announcing since mid 2009 that they would be launching LTE in 25-30 markets by the end of 2010. Tell me how they are following Sprint or not following through on what they say? if you're going to be a hater, at least do so factually

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 21:55

32. VZWtrainer (Posts: 50; Member since: 24 Jul 2008)


This is not new news. Since VZW first announced that they would be going with LTE for their 4G standard, they have publically stated that they will have 20 - 30 markets by end of 2010. Sprint was first, but WiMax is obviously inferior to LTE (WiMAx is slower, will have smaller coverage once LTE gets built out, only one US carrier adopting).

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 00:45

33. cammian (Posts: 27; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)


your an idiot...period

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 00:46

34. cammian (Posts: 27; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)


true dat!!!

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 09:53

6. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


This is so exciting. I am not a fan boy of any network, but I am always excited when a carrier is doing big things with their network and for their consumers. I am glad T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon picked the same 4G standard. Imagine the impact all three carriers will have. Imagine not having to really worrying about not having a signal. Just awesomeness. And about Sprint...I think no one sees Sprint as a threat anymore. Again, not a hater...but Sprint is losing customers and AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile keep eating them up.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 10:13

7. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


I think the introduction of this new HTC phone will help Sprint gain back a few lost customers.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 10:38

8. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Phone don't usually bring consumers to carriers it usually word of mouth....well i lied when the iphone come out people were dropping there providers left and right

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 10:55

9. replika30 (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Mar 2010)


Actually VZW's orig plans for LTE wern't scheduled for first city launch til 2011. Full nationwide coverage was estimated by 2013. They must be sweating a bit if they're promising this much with only a halffull of towers in construction/conversion. Big red being big red will obviously charge its customers extra to use the network and carriers a ton to roam off of it aswell. Just some info though Sprint isn't loosing customers as fast as most thing. 90% of them are non primes and nextel subscribers that dont know they can switch to sprint.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 14:37

18. VZW_redrep (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)


Sorry replika30, a tip from the inside. NO PRICE CHANGES! So I've been told by our agents.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 15:32

20. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


No it wont, because evo 4g isn't available on pre paid...lmao

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 15:34

21. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Your an idiot -1 repkika, Spring is the one chargeing people extra for wifi anywhere, that's not 4G that's a phone that uses clear wire. Bogus.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 15:52

23. athiel021 (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Aug 2009)


Sprint prices: 3G plan: $59.99 3G/4G plan: $59.99 Per their website:http://nextelonline.nextel.com/NASApp/onlinestore/en/Action/SubmitRegionAction?isUpgradePathForC overage=false&currZipCode=&upgradeOption=&nextPage=DisplayPlans&equipmentSKUurlPart=%3FcurrentPa ge%3DratePlanPage&filterStringParamName=filterString%3DMobile_Broadband_Cards_Filter&newZipCode= 78238 Please do some research before you spout "facts". Thanks.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 16:30

24. cuddybonz (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


really where do you see that Spring errr Sprint is charging people extra for wifi??

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 11:26

10. tiolawa (Posts: 115; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Sprint is not as far behind as some may think they are looking into LTE for the future. Wimax can be converted over to LTE with modifications. Also T-Mobile is looking at a partnership with Clearwire to jump on the WiMax bandwagon for right now not LTE.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 07:58

35. tuminatr (Posts: 693; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


because they can't afford to build out

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 11:28

11. Trobes05 (Posts: 106; Member since: 01 Aug 2009)


One third on the nation is more area than ATT's 3G...funny.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 12:31

12. awesomeanthony (Posts: 51; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)


What is the difference between 4G and LTE?

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 12:50

13. videobandit (Posts: 26; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


LTE is 4G. 4G is 4th generation.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 14:30

16. locoboy808 (Posts: 53; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


looks to be good but. im in hawaii we never get anything cool like that.. just like the verizon tv for your phone been out how long and we never got it at all... thats funny but sucks at the same time.............

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 15:36

22. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Well your in 80 degree weather all year around we figured you go oudside and play in the ocean instead of watching TV on your cell phone...lol

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 20:39

30. donjonson410 (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Switch to sprint and grab the Evo. Wimax has been live in Hawaii for months.

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 21:49

31. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


Who on this website thinks we should buy papagay224 a box of tampax because every time she posts on this site her period is on all she does is hate on sprint and she hates the evo I don't care what anybody says vzw is going to charge the hell out you for 4g there money hungry sharks, assholes!350dollar eft thats a joke and so are you papagay

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 12:13

36. rwolf1984 (Posts: 519; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


VZW has the cash and resources to implement 4G LTE...Sprint's strategy is probably to jump out with Clearwire and then wait and see...WiMax has some + and -...i heard that Wimax Tower range is 30 miles, but the speed drops off at a very high rate the further u are away from the tower. Sprint will do what they have done in the past rely on VZW to be the backbone of their network...

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