LTE phone shipments to grow 10-fold in 2012

LTE phone shipments to grow 10-fold in 2012
With Verizon’s huge investment in a widespread US 4G LTE network and AT&T playing catching up with its own LTE effort, the market for LTE handsets and tablets is increasing by leaps and bounds. In 2012 alone, LTE phone shipments will grow nearly 10 times on the year to 67 million units, according to the latest report by Strategy Analytics. To put the number in context, we should clarify that in 2011 the exact number of LTE smartphones shipped amounted to 6.8 million units. A big part of those phones were Verizon-bound devices.

The biggest swing factor that will decide 4G LTE smartphone shipments and sales seems to be the next iPhone. Whether or not the new iPhone will include such connectivity could and would drastically change those estimates. Verizon already tipped that it’s only getting LTE smartphones this year, and this hints strongly at an upcoming LTE iPhone.

While the US is currently leading the next-gen network push, other countries like South Korea and Japan aren’t too far behind. The growth in device shipments will come from there as well. Europe on the other hand will take at least a couple of years until 4G LTE gets widespread.

Along with LTE growing to become an impossible to ignore technology for carriers in 2012, users will face some difficulties with growing prices. These are the expected “growing pains” that Strategy Analytics director Tom Kang projects.

With the advent of 28nm architectures this year, for the first time LTE phones are expected to gain reasonable battery life (that is, last the day). We’re still looking forward to the first LTE devices and their battery tests, though, so we’re not sure how big the battery efficiency gains will be.

source: Strategy Analytics via SlashGear



1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Where's Sprint? lol

2. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Battery life is my only concern when it comes to the amount of current and upcoming LTE phones for AT&T and Verizon. I have AT&T and I look for phones with a decent battery life. I like the Galaxy Note and Skyrocket II because they're known for their battery life. Im upgrading to the note because im a big man and i need a big phone

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Well they should! Remember Verizon's first batch of LTE phones. Ugh. Awful. All buggy and outdated with the only good one (bionic) coming like 6 months late.

4. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

If you actually take advantage of LTE, anybody with a data cap would hit their monthly cap in a few hours. I like tech, but have yet to see a need for 20+ Mbps on a phone. Its marketing hype for Verizon - and they haven't even implemented simultaneous voice and data over LTE. Besides the short battery life, killing your data cap, overheating issues, and problems (HTC Vigor) with handoff between 3G and 4G - what does LTE offer?

5. Sparhawk

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

"and they haven't even implemented simultaneous voice and data over LTE" -- Do you mean simultaneous Voice Over LTE and LTE data? True. But if you mean simultaneous Voice (CDMA) and Data (LTE), that is available on every one of Verizon's 4G LTE phones.

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