Verizon to launch LTE this Sunday

Verizon will launch its next-generation wireless data network Sunday. With the launch, it’ll join competitors Sprint and T-mobile in offering higher-speed access (marketed as 4G, something which is raising a lot of displeasure) to a growing number of mobile Internet users in US.

The new network initially will be available in 38 cities and available to 110 million people. The network won't be available to all Verizon's customers until 2013, informs Verizon CTO Tony Melone.

The technology behind Verizon’s high speed network is called LTE, which stands for Long Term Evolution.

Initially, access will only be available via LTE modems that plug into notebook computers.
Starting early 2011, Verizon will begin selling smart phones that use the LTE network for voice calls. Eventually, both voice calls and data will use LTE.


On Sunday, Verizon will begin selling an LG USB modem in its stores & online for $100 after a rebate and with a two-year contract. Verizon will have two data plans: 5 gigabytes of data a month for $50 and 10 GB for $80 (similar to available higher tier plans for older 3G). Those who go over the limit will be billed an extra $10 per megabyte.

How competition is looking:

Both Sprint and T-mobile have already launched their faster data networks. Sprint is using a technology called WiMax, while T-mobile is using a technology called HSPA+. AT&T has said it will roll out its own HSPA+ network next year. --------

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