The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) conference call has just started, but here’s the important topics that should be covered. Starting off, 4G LTE will be at speeds of 10x the average speeds of their EV-DO 3G network, launching on December 5th. Coverage of 4G LTE will be at 60 airports relatively close to the 38 cities that also will receive 4G LTE, covering over 110 million people, and nationwide coverage “coast to coast” in 2013 — 3 years from now, which is not a long time for a complete LTE roll-out of the United States with speeds on average of 5MBps to 12MBps download, and 2MBps to 5 MBps upload, with half the latency of the 3G network. As for coverage, street-level maps will be available on Sunday as well.
As for USB modems, the LG VL600 and Pantech UML290 4G data-sticks will also be available on the 5th (backwards compatible with 3G, by the way), and data plans are strict and straightforward, with 5GB to 10GB data plans without throttling after you’ve gone over your limit. Pricing related, the 5GB data plan which costs $50 per-month, and the 10GB plan will cost $80 (for USB modems). Other devices, like phones; they’ll be discussed at CES and launched “by mid-2011”. Verizon also heavily mentions that “not all 4G is the same” and [Verizon] LTE is a big deal”.
The interesting points here are numbered, actually. First off, voice will still be based on 3G (for now) and 4G will take over the data spectrum at Verizon. Also, when a 4G connection is lost, 3G will be switched over without hassle or delay, but when in use, it will not switch onto the 4G LTE network until finished.
But that settles that. Visit the via link below for the newly-launched 4G LTE site.
Via: Verizon 4G LTE