Verizon Goes 4G: LTE Service To Debut on Sunday Discussion

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  1. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    Verizon Wireless has just announced that it will have its LTE service up and running this weekend. This 4G network will bring significantly faster data transfer speeds to mobile subscribers in metropolitan areas across the U.S.

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    I have read elsewhere that VZW claims the initial launch to cover 70% of its CDMA-served area. I expect that means by population instead of geographically. ATL is the nearest to me and I expect the buildout to follow the pattern of past network upgrades.

    (Aside: kudos to BH for keeping this mostly consumer-oriented forum on top of things. I note that you keep us informed about as quickly as the industry newletters.)

    This brings up my usual question about trying to stay on the crest of the wave. Since they have brought this about so quickly, how many of us will be stayed from purchasing their next device so as to buy LTE-equipped handsets instead? I realize the initial offering will be laptop dongles but smartphones can't be far behind.
     
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    Ugh, no coverage for Dagobah? :)
     
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    What an idiotic setup for searching for coverage. What happened to simple map? Here I have to put in an 'address' to get a reading. I know that a map doesn't guarantee coverage in every single spot; but it would tell me how close I was. I SHOULD fall into one of the major metro areas. The 'dot' even covers my area.
     
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    And denizens of Tatooine are likewise SOL.:D

    I imagine this is preliminary in nature. I'm so far out at this point, it doesn't matter.
     
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    Verizon is apparently going to make the choice fairly easy -- the first LTE- powered model looks sweet:

    Those who use their smartphones as modems are the ones I think should be the first adopters of 4G phones.
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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    The introduction of 4G, does give me a pause when considering my next device.

    However, I'm also considering function first. It has to do what I want it to do first, and then it can be flashy and shiny second.

    Granted, The choices are starting to look quite similar. Android is all over the place, RIM is out (I'm not installing or paying for their exchange licensing), iOS... heck no. WP7... I'll lump that with iOS. Dumbed down to a toy. Completely worthless for enterprise use. WM6.5, while EOL, still works.

    Now, whichever model still exists, that does the most of what I want, gets my purchase. If it happens to come with 4G, woo! :)
     
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    I don't know what the result will be, but there is a big OS revision coming soon for wp7. Said to include cut & paste and who knows what else. I doubt it will become instantly enterprise-friendly but at least they're moving in the right direction.

    I found Blackberry to have its limitations but only used BIS so can't speak to the enterprise side of things.
     
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