Verizon's LTE SIM card spotted flashing its 4G logo

Verizon's LTE SIM card spotted flashing its 4G logo
Until now, the carrier's CDMA phones didn't require inserting a small piece of plastic with Verizon's logo on it to operate. Handsets were just made for Verizon's network and that's that. However, Verizon chose the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to usher its network into the fourth generation of data transfer speeds, which requires inserting a Subscriber Identity Module, or the so-called SIM card, into the 4G device.


It turns out that some of those are already floating around for the world to see how Verizon is changing. We still don't know if that would mean phones can be unlocked and used on other LTE networks, like most GSM phones can run on various GSM networks, but we can certainly dream of swapping LTE cards on an unlocked DROID 4G, for example. Have a look at Verizon's 4G LTE SIM card below and do tell if you think Verizon's lost its cool for you with that weird plastic thingy.

source: Engadget






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16 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

this is great news.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It was only a matter of time, even if they never did switch to LTE, it would be nice for the first BLACKBERRY LTE phone.

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1796; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

just makes it easier to change a phone somthing goes wrong

4. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

wow, LTE uses Sim card? I didn't know that, but does it mean these can be used together with GSM phones?

5. PHONE_GEEK

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

4G SIM card + iPhone = First 4G iPhone on Verizon = att gets bought by Verizon = XDXDXDXD = Verizon the most powerful network = AWESOMENESS!

7. Jojofromdabay

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 06, 2010

sounds awesome totally left field tho but I see at&t buying tmobile to compete and sprint going under with in 10 years.

8. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

@ Phone_Geek, dude that would be about the worst thing in the world. I use Verizon and all, but like any other consumer with a clue, I hate monopolies. Think about this: Verizon snatches up ATT; thats 180,000,000 subscribers. That doesn't EVEN the playing field, it LEVELS it. They could (and most likely WOULD) charge YOU and every other subscriber WHATEVER THEY WANT! You dont like it? Tough. Go to one of the remaining providers, who as a result of this monopoly, would ultimately have a lousy selection of phones and a weak ass network to boot. I can understand your enthusiasm, but a VZW/ATT merger/acquisition would be an epic fail for customers, and ultimately the employees of this venture.

9. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Relax bro, FTC wouldn't let VZW and ATT merge.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

dont be so sure.. the FTC broke up Bell because of the monopolies into a dozen spin off companies including ATT, Sprint, and Verizon. Guess what, ATT came back and bought up most of the pieces over time and is now bigger than Bell was to begin with. The only monopolizing i see happening is Sprint finally crashing.. VZW buying all their CDMA tech for pennies and absorbing most of their customers, then as a responce ATT puts in a bid for Tmobile, and you end up with the 2 big guys becomming huge and the cheaper carriers dying. The other option would be for Sprint and Tmobile to both go to LTE and merge once the networks are running since then theyd be on the same tech. Thend youd have 2 big full priced companies and one big value company.

15. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Now, THAT I could actually ponder as being plausible. But ATT and VZW becoming one giant conglomerate? Like I stated above, I think hell would freeze over first, especially seeing as our gov't has it's grubby little paws in virtually EVERY major biz around now.

6. PHONE_GEEK

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

wait it looks like its microSIM... iPhone uses it.... knew it.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

actually, those are not micro SIM - unless I am fooled by the pic...

12. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

a vzw rep told me...the Droid X is the 1st phone 2 be considered with 4g simcards and are being handed to employees to be tested til next year

13. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

I see connection problems coming.

14. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

lte sim card so any gsm phone or iphone will be available

16. katmankris

Posts: 4; Member since: May 14, 2009

no the LTE is only going to use there data network at first. The phones will still have to have a CDMA radio in it to make voice calls. At some point yes everything will run over data im sure as they will prob run the voice over VOIP at some point in the future but just like analog too forever to die so will the carriers old networks b/c its what handles their voice

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