Verizon Wireless CEO says Apple will produce LTE enabled products

Verizon Wireless CEO says Apple will produce LTE enabled products
Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead continued to leave everyone guessing about the connectivity of the Apple iPhone 5 when he told the Wall Street Journal today that Apple will eventually produce mobile products enabled to run on Big Red's LTE 4G network. Currently, the Apple iPhone 4 and the iPad connect to Verizon's 3G pipelines using the carrier's EV-DO Rev. A connectivity.

Mead told the financial newspaper that, "You'll see more coming from Apple on LTE. They understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be a part of it." While your thoughts about Apple and LTE might jump immediately to the iPhone 5, no particular product was mentioned by Mead and the Verizon executive did not bring up any timeframe when all of this might happen. There is speculation about whether or not the next version of the Apple iPhone will be LTE enabled.

Apple has said that they had left LTE out of the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 because to do otherwise would have required a re-design of the product that Apple did not want to get involved with at the time.

As for speculation that iPhone 4 sales were sluggish at Verizon, CEO Mead refuted that by saying that the carrier sold more units of the Apple iPhone 4 during the handset's launch than any other device in the carrier's history. Mead also said that Verizon will report precise iPhone sales during the release of its next quarterly earnings report.

source: WSJ via Phonescoop



1. edb unregistered

Actually, the iPad VZW sells is wifi only, and has nothing to do with the 3G network unless it's paired with a 3G wifi device

2. Dragon unregistered

That could always change tho who knows maybe it will be part of the 4g network since apple did go ahead and partner with Verizon

3. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

apple should make multi-type phones like one with a bigscreen(4.3"), one with a slide out qwerty, candybar style with qwerty(like the moto charm),slider(like the palm series). and be available to all carriers...xcept sprint xD jk sprint can have it too :). and have like four diff colours(

4. jp unregistered

I would like to see an Honest figure from Verizon to how many i phones were returned.

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iPhone has the lowest return rate out of any smartphone

13. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Can you post a link to where you got this information? If not, we're calling bull shit...

14. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

This is hilarious. Somebody thumbs down the desire to see honest facts. I think that pretty much sums up the apple drones.

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Considering it wasnt until the 2nd Iphone in 2008 that it had a 3G chipset, even though Smartphones regularly were getting these chipsets starting around 2005 or so, and about half of the new feature phones had them by 2007, I wouldnt hold my breathe on 4G Iphone. You'll see them in at least a handful of feature phones before Apple will ever touch a 4G chipset of any kind.

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

and Im counting REAL 4G btw (LTE, Wimax) not FAKE 4G like T-Mobile has.

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

HSPA+, which is what T Mobile and AT&T use, is faster than wimax

12. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

41mps is pretty fast FAKE 4G. LTE and WiMax are nowhere near a nationwide rollout of speeds coming close to that.

21. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It may be faster but doesnt support nearly the spectrum that LTE or Wimax has. In layman's terms, the network is really getting throttled. It would be like if you shot a BB through a straw vs roll a marble in a 6 inch pipe. The BB would be travelling a lot faster, but you wouldn't have room for many to travel at once, while you can have a bunch of the marbles traveling at once. And that greater spectrum will allow for increases in speed to not be such a massive bottleneck to the network, T-Mo is just seting itself up for failure. That's why AT&T hasnt been pushing the whole 4G much, because they know it will just cause problems with customers.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This is going to sound heretical, but whatever. I have been playing with a friends iPhone 4 with AT&T service for the past 2 days. I installed the application on the phone to see what AT&T's network was doing. Over the 2 days, I noticed speeds ranging from a low of 115 kbps to a high of 3.5 mbps for download and 228 kbps to 2.6 mbps for upload. The variable was in latency, which ranged from a high of 578 ms to a low of 112 ms. For interactive use (downloading webpages for example), latency is more important than raw speed after around 1.0 to 1.5 mbps. If it takes 1/2 second (even 1/4 second, which is 250 ms) for the download to start, the browsing experience is quite sucky. Downloading with low latency (112 ms) and a download speed of 1.6 mbps was much more 'enjoyable' of an Internet experience than doing the same download with a 578 ms latency and 2.6 mbps download speed. For reference, my DSL connection has a download speed of 1.5 mbps and 15 ms latency, and the browsing experience is quite acceptable. Unless a user plans on doing file swaps (as in sending video to friends, and that has its own potential problems with triggering throttling by the carrier), the carriers would be providing a better browsing experience if they got data connection latency numbers down below 100 ms.

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Very interesting write up Droid_X - I have never heard this type of eval before. Well worth following up on with other connections and carriers.

7. palmguy1 unregistered

What makes 4G "real"? Definitely not speed.

8. RattleSnake unregistered

I truly believe apple will not launch a 4g phone this year, when you think about it apple is a smart company for producing revenue and when you look at it from the perspective of apple look at only how many markets have 4 g in the developing staging, verses 3g covering the entire country which equals more sales.

20. hi unregistered

i dont think you fully understand.. a 4g phone is backwards compatible.. meaning that these new 4g phones coming out will still be able to be used nationwide for 3g markets. I think Apple is a smart company, and WILL produce a 4G phone.

9. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I mean, this really isn't huge news. All of the manufacturers will eventually product LTE devices because that's the technology most of the providers will go with.

15. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Most american providers anyway. Wimax is pretty big everywhere else, because it's been out for quite a few years. And most countries have very competitive wireless markets, so they all have to rush to out do each other much more than in the us where things tend to roll out pretty slowly.

19. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

im with JdaBeat on this one...its not really news to most of us who frequent this site b/c we are usually up on the latest technology but I could see where it would have a place with the non-techies. personally, i'm going to skip the LTE train for now until more Verizon's footprint get lit up with LTE. Thunderbolt looks cool but my girl has the EVO which i live vicariously thru her so i'm going for the iP4 when it becomes available. 3G is ok for how i use it. Once LTE is more prevelent i'm sure there will be something out that will be enticing at that time. Been on the Android kick since the beginning so its time to test a diff. OS & see what they have to offer. working with webOS and Android right now...WP7 isn't available to me yet & iOS is the closest within reach...Blackberry 6.0 meh...not a phone that i like yet and Symbian (?) lol...i won't go there.

16. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i dont under stand ...4g or 3g metro they say is 4g or my droid x is 3g verizon network but ihave poor service in my house i think 1g icall alot times to verizon to esplain my service they say factory problem now i use my wifi i told them to cancel my data i dont need it. they cant so 3 years ago i have blackberry curve with att i drop calls but the data was more faster then verizon ....

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