Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Verizon will launch high speed wireless LTE network Dec. 5

Get ready Charlotte-area Verizon wireless customers: more speed is coming.

Verizon Wireless announced today it is lighting up its 4G LTE network Sunday and Charlotte is one of the initial 38 markets. The network, the company says, will be up to 10 times faster than the current 3G network and will be available to business users first.

Along with the launch, the company will introduce new 4G LTE mobile broadband data plans. They will start at $50 monthly for 5 GB, and there will be one USB modem available at launch.

To get 10 GB data, it will cost $80. Both plans have a $10/GB overage charge. The modem will be $99.99 after a $50 rebate for a two-year agreement.

Verizon officials said, at launch, the 4G LTE network will touch 1/3 of all Americans and will cover its existing 3G network in its entirety in about two years.

So how fast is this? Verizon said customers should expect download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second, as fast or faster as many high-speed cable or DSL modem speeds

Of course, you'll want to know about using cell phones on this new network. Looks like you'll have to wait until the middle of next year, so if your contract is up soon, best choose to wait. And this also makes me wonder if all the iPhone to Verizon in January talk will cool now.

Looks like a safe bet that iPhone 5 will take advantage of this network, which will also allow talking and surfing at the same time (something you can't do on Verizon's current 3G network). That makes me think the regular June iPhone launch date might be safe.

Last point on Verizon 4G. It's also launching in 38 metro areas and 60 airports. Click here to see if you're covered.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Major Metropolitan Area Deployment (Dec. 5, 2010)

Akron, Ohio

Athens, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Baltimore, Maryland

Boston, Massachusetts

Charlotte, North Carolina

Chicago, Illinois

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas

Denver, Colorado

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Houston, Texas

Jacksonville, Florida

Las Vegas, Nevada

Los Angeles, California

Miami, Florida

Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

Nashville, Tennessee

New Orleans, Louisiana

New York, New York

Oakland, California

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Orlando, Florida

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Phoenix, Arizona

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rochester, New York

San Antonio, Texas

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

Seattle/Tacoma, Washington

St. Louis, Missouri

Tampa, Florida

Washington, D.C.

West Lafayette, Indiana

West Palm Beach, Florida

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Commercial Airport Deployment (Airport Name, City, State) Dec. 5, 2010

Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal, Glen Burnie, Maryland

Bob Hope, Burbank, California

Boeing Field/King County International, Seattle, Washington

Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North Carolina

Chicago Midway International, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago, Illinois

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Kentucky

Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, Ohio

Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas

Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, Texas

DenverInternational, Denver, Colorado

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

George Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, Texas

Greater Rochester International, Rochester, New York

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, Georgia

Honolulu International, Honolulu, Hawaii

Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Florida

John F. Kennedy International, New York, New York

John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California

Kansas City International, Kansas City, Missouri

La Guardia, New York, New York

Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, Missouri

Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts

LongBeach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California

Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, California

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, Louisiana

McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada

Memphis International, Memphis, Tennessee

Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California

Miami International, Miami, Florida

Minneapolis-St.Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nashville International, Nashville, Tennessee

New Castle, Wilmington, Delaware

Newark Liberty International, Newark, New Jersey

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, California

North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

Orlando International, Orlando, Florida

Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida

Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Florida

Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Arizona

Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio

Portland International, Portland, Oregon

Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio

Ronald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, Virginia

Sacramento International, Sacramento, California

Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, Utah

San Antonio International, San Antonio, Texas

SanDiego International, San Diego, California

SanFrancisco International, San Francisco, California

Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, Washington

St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Florida

Tampa International, Tampa, Florida

Teterboro, Teterboro, New Jersey

Trenton Mercer, Trenton, New Jersey

Washington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.

Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

WilliamP. Hobby, Houston, Texas


Anonymous said...

Darn. I was hoping that I could get an iPhone from Verizon at the start of the year but judging from this, they won't have it out yet. Guess I'll keep my old phone until I can.

Jason said...

Verizon wants to charge $99.99 for the USB modem and $50 for only 5GB (which will be eaten up fast if using 4G for video, etc) whereas Sprint has 4G service in nearly 70 markets today, provides a USB modem for FREE as one of 15 devices that support 4G including phones (EVO/EPIC), hotspots, netbooks and embedded laptops. Sprint service is $59.99 but that is for UNLIMITED 4G DATA. Verizon may one day catch up to Sprint in terms of POP covered with 4G but Sprint has them beat in terms of value.

Anonymous said...

It's now misleading to call this technology "4G" per the international standards board...

Anonymous said...

I'd settle for decent voice service inside buildings rather than faster internet.

Anonymous said...

This is B.S. They are bragging about 7 mbps download and 1 mbps upload speeds. Meanwhile, I consistently get over 5 mbps down and 1.2 mbps up with AT&T's local enhanced 3G network. Who in their right mind would pay more for a couple mbps faster speeds? Just good old marketing "smoke and mirrors" at it's best.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention that the 5+ mbps speeds I get are on my iPhone 4. It's one of the few devices that supposrt the enhanced 3G service.

Anonymous said...

There's no use in explaining the average person what's 3G or 4G.
WiMax and LTE is pre-4G and with WiMax it's just a slight software upgrade for it to be WiMax 2 which is 4G. Sprint current WiMax devices will still be compatible with the upgrade.

To the person who said who wants a decent voice service, well sorry, soon all the cell phone companies will use VoIP over their 4G in the future when 4G is in full effect.

Thoes complaining about speed, it's all depends on capacity, back haul and spectrum usage. LTE in its currrent form is capable of at least 30 Mbps in real life situation. It's VZW not having the backhaul and enough spectrum to do so.

John Taylor said...

At Sprint, we welcome Verizon to the 4G market. In N.C., we've offered Sprint 4G to metro Charlotte, the Piedmont Triad and the Triangle since Nov. 2009. In fact, we ran our first 4G trials in NC in 2004 & 2005.

Currently, we sell 11 different 4G devices, including 2 4G phones: the Samsung Epic 4G and HTC EVO 4G, the number 1 and 3 best smart phones according to PC World.

Verizon for their part, will only offer 2 modems -- no phones -- and in N.C., they will only cover Charlotte -- and the airport in Raleigh.

If you live anywhere else in N.C., you'll have to wait for Verizon 4G.

If you or your readers have questions, please contact me. I'm on Twitter (@jbtaylor) or you can email me: john.b.taylor AT


John Taylor
Media Relations

Anonymous said...

Hey Sprint might have this great 4G technology but your network coverage is terrible. I gave you guys up a long time ago. I don't care how fast your service is, it is more important that I can get cell coverage while in my home office in Matthews. With Sprint I had to go outside my house to get coverage. Verizon has the best coverage.

Anonymous said...

Another benefit of VZW's LTE roll out is it is IPv6 only. That's important because, well, we're just about out of IPv4 addresses, ya'll.

The price is right (the current 3G, 5GB plan is $59). But the hardware needs to get slimmer.

Anonymous said...

Another day in "Great Marketing." Yawn.

Anonymous said...

Check your facts. Verizon spent billions to pruchase the 700 MHz spectrum across the entire United States, so spectrum will not be an issue. Also LTE utilizes fiber to the cell sites, so bandwidth is also not an issue. The average throughput speeds advertised are just that, average expected tput across the entire network. Max speeds will be in the 30 Mbps range depending on proximity of the site and how many users are in the area.

Anonymous said...

30 Mbps? Ha! Not in real time usage, VZW doesn't have the ideal bandwith to fully utilize LTE so the advertised 7 to 12Mbps will hold true. AT&T and VZW doesn't own enough 20Mhz bandwith within the 700Mhz band to allow 4x MIMO, versus Sprint's 120Mhz bandwidth within the 2.5Ghz band. said...

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