Verizon says it will have first LTE handset by next summer

Verizon says it will have first LTE handset by next summer
Verizon CTO Anthony Melone says that the summer of 2011 will be when the carrier will launch its first LTE handset. That is 6 months earlier than Verizon had previously said to expect it to introduce a phone for the service. In some markets, Verizon will have LTE pipelines up and running before the end of this year and Melone says the carrier expects to have its first phone out 3 to 6 months after the service is launched. The nation's largest cellphone carrier has not hinted at which manufacturer will be the first to offer an LTE compatible device. That is the good news. The bad news is that Melone made some comments that indicate that Verizon is looking down the same tiered pricing road as AT&T is. The future is 4G and metered pricing while unlimited pricing and 3G service is the past.

source: WSJ via Engadget

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26 Comments

1. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Make sure its got at least a 4.3" super AMOLED screen with a resolution greater than 800x480 running Android or WPS.. and made by HTC if theyre still around. This will TRULY be an Iphone killer.

2. scottmbolt unregistered

AKA - The HTC Supersonic soon to be released by Sprint which will run off of their 4G network? ... exactly.

3. merkeke

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 03, 2009

what 4g network?

4. CODYPHOBIA

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 21, 2008

@merkeke exactly!

5. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

wifi doesnt count as 4g when it doesnt replace your current technology

6. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

i agree with u what 4G network?

7. imthatguy704

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

Are you for real??? So WiMax isn't 4G.......................I'm just trying to understanding your logic

8. imthatguy704

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

The Supersonic will be an Iphone killer.

9. imthatguy704

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

Plus, the supersonic will be out this summer and not next summer.

10. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

They're fanbois, they don't use logic, all they care about is drinkin the kool-aid!

11. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

You mean the 1st 4G phone in the U.S. that might have 2 to 3 more this year? That not 4G, T Mobile and AT&T have better speeds. Next year when the 4G phones come it will be the end of Sprint, just you wait.

12. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Agreed... Sprint better build up that fake 4G network they have as fast as possible to lock in subs for 2yrs or they're done.

15. imthatguy704

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

Only time will tell. That's why I have my hands in two different cookie jars. T-mobile and Sprint. Even though I feel like Sprint will succeed with their early jump on 4G.

16. donjonson410

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

You obviously don't do you research. LTE is only getting 4-5mbs with bursts of 12mbs. Wimax already achieves these speeds, so In fact your saying that LTE is not 4g either? Also just to clarify, 4g refers to the technology used, meaning 4th generation, not speed.

24. merkeke

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 03, 2009

ok, sprint might as well start putting out comercials about there 5g network

25. underwood2012

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

Okay. You might as well eat my dick, Shit head.

26. duke594

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

Well I agree with merkeke. According to the CTIA Wimax is not a 4G technology. Not only that but they only offer services in 2 cities hardly a network. Secondly Sprint doesn't even own any of the Wimax towers. They sold all of there network towers to a private investment company. Also for donjonson410 LTE is getting more like 25 - 30 mbps not 4-5 mbps. They stated that 4-5 mbps would be more real world. Second in Consumer reports annual cellphone review in January the wimax network was only producing speeds of about 2-3 mbps in real world use.

13. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

On second thought... this Iphone killer on VZW LTE in 2011 might be Iphone 4G!... DOH! (heads explode) If this is true... ATT and Sprint will simultaneously implode on themselves. VZW FTW BIGTIME

18. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Your Fanboyism FTL BIGTIME!

20. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Fanboy of what?

14. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

What's up with you all talking about iphone killer that just shows how superior the iphone is still is, for all those people who say iphone is crap.4g smoreG it all gonna run the same anyways the anticipation for this is not so serious

19. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I think that is a very relative point there... People still hoping for an iPhone killer. Was the Droid not enough? Apparently not if there are people still looking forward to an iPhone killer. huh...

17. yankeechamp15

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

iphone possibly summer release and 4g with verizon would put it over the top

21. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

My thoughts exactly. If this happens, both ATT and Sprint would be in some serious trouble.

22. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

If if was a fifth we would be drunk

23. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

an iphone on vzw with metered plans does sound like a winner

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