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Verizon 4G network coming earlier, LTE devices to hit shelves by Black Friday

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Verizon's Long Term Evolution (LTE) high-speed data network was not expected to be operational until next year, but it seems like things are advancing ahead of schedule. Boy Genius Report has been tipped that by November 15th, 25 major cities will be blanketed with LTE. Coverage will eventually reach 100 million potential customers, who will most probably have to say goodbye to unlimited data plans in case they get a 4G gadget.

Still, why have a 4G network without the hardware to utilize it? According to the tipster, Verizon is covering that base too, with some devices expected to be on sale by Black Friday November 26th. As far as smartphones are concerned, rumor has it that Samsung and RIM will have their toes in the water first, unleashing LTE-capable handsets in the beginning of 2011.

source: Electronista

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