Verizon to Sell Only LTE-Capable Phones For Rest of the Year
Verizon Wireless said that for the rest of 2012, all the smartphones it announces will include LTE 4G support. Verizon is hoping to convince more customers to switch to LTE devices, and said that only 5% of its customer base is using LTE devices at the moment. It is offering double the data to LTE 4G smartphone customers in a current promotion. Verizon also hopes to double the number of markets covered by LTE before the end of 2012. "By the end of the year, our plan is to be in at least 400 markets across the country," said Verizon Wireless CTO David Small in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Verizon's current LTE footprint is about 200 markets. By 2013, Verizon Wireless said it will cover 260 million Americans with 4G LTE, an estimate that is 10 million higher than Verizon's previous projections.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Verizon Debuts LTE Advanced with 50% Faster Speeds
Verizon Wireless today said it has launched LTE Advanced service in 461 markets around the country, covering some 288 million POPs or 90% of Americans. Verizon's LTE Advanced relies on two- and three-channel carrier aggregation to boost speed and capacity.
Verizon Lights Up AWS Spectrum in 22 More Markets
Verizon Wireless today announced it has expanded the reach of its "XLTE" footprint by 22 markets. Verizon's LTE network runs on 700MHz almost nationwide, but it has been adding coverage in the 1700MHz band throughout the year and marketing the dual-band 700/1700MHz coverage as XLTE.
T-Mobile Says LTE Footprint Now Matches Sprint
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said the company's LTE 4G network now covers 280 million POPS. That's a slight improvement from the 275 million POPs T-Mobile said it covered at the end of April.
Verizon Starts Cannibalizing 3G Airwaves for LTE 4G
Verizon Wireless has begun testing the use of LTE 4G on its PCS spectrum, airwaves it primarily uses to operate its CDMA-EVDO 3G network, in Manhattan. GigaOm confirmed with Verizon that the company has begun to steal capacity from its 3G network in favor of 4G, though it is doing so slowly and in limited scope.
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I'd hope blackberry would at least release a 4G devices, whether it be LTE or Sprint's Wi-Max since LTE is yet to be seen on Sprint.
Make it has reliable as your 3G first.
How many outages have there been lately? I know, I know, it's to be expected. Never the less it doesn't inspire confidence in consumers if you want them to switch to 4G. Especially if VZW is talking about going voice over LTE.
Second, battery life, battery life...remember when there weren't extended batteries? Oh the horror, what'd we do back then!?!
And I think if tiered data plans have done one thing it's made consumers realize..."Hey, I don't need gobs and gobs of data." I think AT&T has even come out lately and said the majority of consumers don't even come close to using 5GB a month.
So if you're not using much you probably don't care if what you do use is the ...
I bet whats holding most people back from moving to 4G devices so quickly are things like being locked into existing contracts, availability only in Android devices, and like it or not lack of 4G in any iPhone which makes up...