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Verizon Exec Talks LTE Plans, Devices, V Cast Apps, & More

Verizon Exec Talks LTE Plans, Devices, V Cast Apps, & More

In a one-on-one meeting with Engadget, Verizon Wireless' Senior VP and CTO Tony Melone revealed some interesting details about the wireless carrier's plans for LTE and LTE-related devices. More specifically, Melone confirmed that ALL of its data-only LTE WWAN devices (such as aircards, MiFi-type products, and USB data sticks) will also support 3G. This is definitely good news for users, especially those who may find themselves traveling in and out of 4G data coverage areas. Considering some of today's WiMAX products don't offer the same versatility, this is a welcome announcement.

Although data-centric devices such as aircards, USB data sticks, and MiFi-type devices supporting LTE will be the first to launch on the carrier's network, Melone said Verizon would be interested in offering a smartphone with LTE capabilities that could double as a mobile hotspot. In terms of a timeframe, Melone indicated smartphones will be "about a quarter behind" data-centric devices. Melone explained the lag in rolling out a LTE-compatible smartphone is due to the added difficulties of getting a smartphone onto a new network. Conservatively speaking, it sounds like we can expect to see a LTE phone on Verizon's network in the first half of 2011.



As far as when LTE coverage will be available, Melone said the company's 4G network will be launching "in the not too distant future." When pressed for a more specific timeframe, he said Verizon would launch "25 to 30 networks this year, covering one third of America by the end of 2010." Looking further down the road, Verizon plans to have a footprint twice as large 15 months after the initial rollout. By the end of 2013, the wireless carrier's 4G map should be the same size or larger than its current 3G map.

Finally, during the Verizon Wireless' LTE forum at CTIA 2010, it was revealed that the V Cast Apps market will launch on March 29th. The BlackBerry Storm (and likely the Storm2) will be the first phones supported, with other RIM devices to come.
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It appears most carriers are on board the 4G upgrade, now I just need At&T to make the transition.

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I meant 4G meaning 4th generation sorry for the typo

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I think you have a minute to wait on that starting la_guy. But I was getting my hair cut today and the only thing they had to read while waiting for my turn was a PC magazine. So I picked it up, and it seems to me At&t's 3G upgrades may have actually done something worthwhile. As they were rated as the top player, with Sprint and Verizon flipping for second, This was in 13 major cities over a 20 spot per city spread, and the city spots were the same. While Sprint does beat Verizon for uplink data speed to a greater degree, the downlink went back and forth between the three. I was surprised as Verizon won there last one, but of course I knew At&t had done there 3G upgrading to a good percentage.

So I think your stuck with what ya have for now. I can say with a pretty good representation, that they have some of the best 3G coverage your going to find. Although as this article points out Verizon is going to be very active in 4G backwards compatible networks (with 25-30 large city areas I would imagine) by the end of the year. From what I have heard At&t is not starting for a while yet.

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Yea the coverage is good but I am just surprised they are the last to transition to 4G as they are the only carrier of the I-phone. Anyhow its good to hear from you, take care bro.

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With all the USB 4G sticks coming out and flooding the market. These things are like dinosaur's now?

My Clear Channel USB is 4GWiMax, and I can take it pretty much anywhere. When I am contracting on the side repairing PC's it is very invaluable.Carrying one if these around would be like carrying an extra passport hard drive.

For price and performance this kinda seems like a double negative. If they really wanted to set up an LTE network like this. Why don't they just port over the 4G from the phones on their existing networks and allow all other components to connect with Bluetooth or in a similar fashion.

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