Verizon to launch LTE in 38 major metropolises by 2011
Verizon's 4G LTE service will debut in 38 "major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, by the end of the year." The service will also be available in 60 major airports nationwide. They also promised that the service will quickly extend to the rest of their service area. These estimates are up from an original report of 25 and then 30 cities at launch.
McAdam stressed that Verizon is "driven by the vision to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and mobility to rural and urban Americans alike." He also confirmed that, while initially Verizon's customers will be able to access the network with wireless laptop cards, in January Big Red will unveil six LTE smartphones and tablets. They will appear on the shelves in the first half of 2011. Verizon will also add more features like high-def video downloads, to supplement the wavering voice plans growth.
Verizon's LTE is rumored to be capable of speeds up to 28 Mbps, with an average of 6-12 Mbps, which stands in contrast to the reported speeds of 5-12 Mbps on Sprint's WiMAX network.
The announcement reports that the initial launch will include such large markets as New York, Boston, and many others. This will be a much more enticing start to their 4G service than Sprint's, which is only recently reaching larger key markets. For a full list of release markets, visit the source link below.
source: Verizon Wireless
1. big dookee (unregistered)
all i gotta say is spectrum....sprint has WAY more spectrum....might be 28 mbps on launch day when you have 100 users using it...wait till you get all 110 million like they say...slow as molasses!!!
5. Dude.... (unregistered)
Not true. Do some research about the source of the 4G. They will have more sprectrum than any other company ever dreamed. Nearly Everywhere there was previously an analog tv tower will now have a verizon 4g site. but have fun with your sprint.
7. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)
with how little you know i would assume your nickname stands for whats on your shoulders...
11. Slammer (Posts: 721; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Actually, Big Dookee is partially correct. Sprint/Clearwire own almost 5 times the spectrum that Verizon holds. Enough to cover the entire country. The Spectrum of 2.5 Hz has much greater throughput and coupled with Sprint's backaul, makes it ideal for quicker data transmission , better traffic handling without the interference and speed degradation. . However, Verizon's holdings of 700Mhz spectrum, is better for distance and building penetration which many feel is a selling point. Building penetration is great but, "Most" buildings that would normally propose a problem for the higher frequencies, tend to have WiFi enabled services available. WiFi would be my preferred choice anyway. I also would denounce the comparison claim of the speeds mentioned above. The article mentions LTE speeds of 28Mbs capability. This would be false. LTE is capable of a theoretical 100Mbs and WiMAX of 80Mbs. The mention of 28Mbs, appears to be a sales pitch in attempt to gain attention. Yes. It states 6-12Mbs average for LTE and it also states 5-12Mbs average for WiMAX. This is very close to being evenly matched in what we as consumers will initially witness. If 28Mbs was used as current peak speeds(which I believe it was), it was thrown in to make LTE more attractive while conveniently leaving out the fact that WiMAX is also able to achieve almost the same peaks. Both these are optimum conditions BTW. It always amazes me how propaganda is used in wording to feed on the ignorant. John B.
12. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
Aww man I think I just stepped in Sprint..I mean Shit... LTE 4G has been the future thats why its been in development, all good things take time, Sprint admits their rush to be at 4G that was a game play not a competitive edge, at least not for a very long one. Also to add 93 million are running just fine on 3G Its not like all 110 million are running off one tower, this isn't WiFi like Sprints 4G its the real deal. (p.s. thanks for including a few 20 million for us, future 4G sight)
17. tofast30 (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Nov 2008)
Propaganda! why is the rest of the world moving to LTE? It's not just about Verizon and Sprint. Don't you think Wimax is very limited? What about the farmer in the middle of no wear? Can he get WiMax? no sorry
2. ChineseMuscle (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Nov 2008)
Sweet. Now I guess we all have to go get 4G compatible phones. You think a software upgrade will allow SOME of the recent and current phones to be compatible with 4G..... ?
4. DonnyDon (unregistered)
If no Unlimited data plan for LTE...........no thanks ill stay with my 3G Unlimited plan than!!
13. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
There will be unlimited for 4G. Talks of tierd data only relate to eithr Broadband access only, and/or higher cost 4G plans Unlim and Lower cost plan 3G unlim, allowing the best of the best to get the speeds exclusive;y, rather than have every "joe" running down bandwidth looking at myspace.
8. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)
I can't wait for the WIMAX / LTE dogfight...! waiting for the launch... there's a good chance Sprint might go LTE too... until then... WIMAX FTW !!!
14. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
Sprint is going to puke. So be ready for a Dog vs. Cat fight. Its Red vs. yellow and Sprint has NEVER been #1....EVER!
9. LTE_FTW (unregistered)
And I would much rather stay with Big Red who owns their towers rather than a company that sold their towers because they needed the money to stay afloat
18. underwood2012 (Posts: 49; Member since: 12 Sep 2009)
Oh, how wrong could you be?
Oh, that's right. Very wrong.
Sprint did not 'sell' their towers to another company. No, no. They just hired another company (Ericsson, I believe) to make sure their towers staying up and running. There is a difference, you see?
In your attempt to bash a cell phone provider, you ignored to get your facts straight.
But thanks for trying! :)
10. Melaniesweettits (unregistered)
Well I hope that Verizon 4G gets reception inside buildings since LTe runs on the 700 MHz band because I have sprint I have an evo and live in a 4G area and I admit I get perfect fast 4g outside but once I go inside a lot of buildings kmart,macys ,jcpenney etc my phone drops down to 3G or 1x which sucks cuz there 3G is not that fast and 1x is even worse .. Also does anyone know if Verizon will allow voice and data at the same time on 4g? Because on sprint u can do that on 4g be using the Internet and be calling someone at the same time . And if Verizon 4G allows that I will switch .. Nd dump sprint cuz the reception inside buildings suck so yea if u kno the answers to my questions I will really appreciate it! Thanks .
15. Ssh (unregistered)
It's not about faster speeds...ie going to google.com any quicker..it's about making high speed sniffs to support high end features like front cams and various features
16. Bling Bling (unregistered)
Verizons 4G is pice of crap compared to AT&T's 3G........ Yeah its maybe 2-3 MB Faster......... Is that the best VZ can cum up wit....???