Verizon announces LTE plans for hi-speed data

At the Mobile World Conference this week it was expected that Verizon would announce its LTE (Long Term Evolution) agenda. What was not expected was how specific Verizon would be with its plans.

Verizon is usually low key on putting out deadlines but in the case of LTE, it is quite clear what Verizon has in mind. Two cities in the United States will become testing locations in late 2009 for the LTE technology with a nation-wide rollout to follow in 2010; consisting of 25-30 top markets.

"No pricing plans were set, and no specifics were mentioned of actual data download speeds; rather, Verizon CTO Richard Lynch would only say that the real speeds would not be known until the real-world tests are made. Peak trial speeds have been set at 60 Mbps so far."

These plans are more aggressive than what AT&T has announced which will commence testing in 2011 with a limited expansion in 2012.

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I am a current Verizon Wireless customer. And although I hate the company, I love their coverage. They have the best 3G coverage in my area as well as the best 3G coverage nationwide. And I believe they are positioned to be the fastest at rolling out 4G coverage also.

I also believe that LTE is the way forward for cell phone networks, and Sprint is going to regret choosing WiMAX.

From what i understand though is verizon will still not have SIM cards with LTE. So its not as big of a thing for consumers as it looks on the surface.

Also if caps are still there what good is 60Mbps

majortom1981 said,
From what i understand though is verizon will still not have SIM cards with LTE. So its not as big of a thing for consumers as it looks on the surface.

Personally, I dislike SIM cards... only takes a 5 minute phone call to Verizon to do an ESN change... I've yet to find a compelling argument for SIM cards. Being able to store your contacts on them is nice, but they usually can't store as many as the phone can, and we mostly have PDA type phones that synch with Exchange anyway. I suppose if you have 2 SIM cards and 1 phone it's nice to be able to swap... our foreign exchange student did that a lot with her European SIM vs. her US SIM.

We recently had to swap out a line onto a different GSM phone, but I didn't have any SIMs so I had to drive down to the AT&T store to get one... it was free thanks to the business care support line I called, but then the guy at the store complained about having to give me a free one out of "their" inventory blah blah...

So... what else is so great about SIM's? Not looking for a flame war here... I'm just curious what other people think.

Well its like, 90% of the world use GSM.

So if you travel worldwide, you may not get a very good signal or a signal at all with CDMA (the technology which Verizon uses).

SIM cards mean I can take my phone abroad, change the sim to the local network and use it there without having to pay international calling charges or w/e.

Some phones nowdays are coming out with 2 sim card slots, so with the click of a button you can switch to another network and still use the same phone.

SIM just makes everything more customer friendly, and less about calling tech support (for me) -- if I have a phone I want to try out I can just swap my SIM into it and fire it up as if it were mine. Or if I want to unlock my phone and go network to network, you're able to do that on your own... where as Verizon would just laugh you out of the office.

All I can say about Verizon when it comes to internet speeds is wow!
They are aggresively pushing up real net speeds here in the US and they are still offering true unlimited data usage without any type of metering or traffic shaping as cable providers are trying.

Thanks for the heads up TigerFX! I posted my comment while on the bus back home so I didn't notice it was on the mobile side of things.

Hopefully their liberal wireline technology policies will spill over into their wireless offerings. But since Sprint too recently made the choice to add caps to Cell Data Access Cards I don't think that will the case.