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Verizon's LTE Plans Get Real

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[qi:gigaom_icon_lte] UPDATED: Verizon Wireless (s VZ) plans to launch its LTE networks commercially in the second half of 2010 and finish its deployment by 2014, according to comments made by Lowell McAdams, president and CEO of Verizon, on a conference call earlier this week. That’s slower than its previous plan to launch them at the end of 2009 or the first half of 2010, as noted earlier this year, but keeps Verizon within its goal of getting 20-30 markets launched in 2010. Lowell McAdams, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, PCMag, which covered the call, also gave a realistic assessment of its LTE network’s possible speeds, which it says would offer between 8 and 12 Mbps down. LTE has the capacity for 150 Mbps down, but we were always pretty confident that wasn’t going to happen.

5 Responses to “Verizon's LTE Plans Get Real”

  1. Steve Haney

    @Joseph – I was at a conference recently and spoke to the VP of Verizon’s Open Development Initiative around their 4G LTE network. He assured me it would be a SIM based system. When I asked if I would be able to walk into a Verizon store and buy only a SIM card with a plan and drop it into any GSM phone I wanted, he said such plan details had not been worked out yet, but it was a certainly feasible scenario. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

  2. Joseph

    So will Verizon’s LTE involve SIM cards, or will they just build the SIM into their phones and keep the network locked down? The inability to bring my own device onto their network is the reason I don’t have Verizon (despite their 3g network being better than AT&Ts)