Verizon to launch its 4G network in December

The world of mobile data is about to get faster. Especially if you depend on Verizon to get your data on the go. Verizon has just posted up on its website that it will be launching its 4G (LTE) network in December. The LTE network will be the second to launch, Sprint was the first with its 4G WiMax network.

Verizon's LTE network will allow for greater speeds on devices that support the new platform. LTE supports data rates of 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments wh .  This speeds are a dramatic increase  lkajsd asdfasdf.. These speeds offer a dramatic increase over current 3G speeds and can rival cable broadband speeds. 

According to Phonescoop.com, Verizon will be launching its LTE network in December but a specific date was not announced. While a 4G network is good news, the launch devices for the network have not been announced. Verizon is looking to continue its reputation of having the best network in the nation, so you can expect that Verizon will attempt to create the widest 4G blanket in a short amount of time to stay ahead of rival AT&T.

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Sprint has unlimited bandwidth data plans, free GPS service with the better plans, Sprint TV...with channels that grace the user's experience that actually rival basic cable service...but on a mobile, HTC Evo...4G, free mobile to mobile (within any network). Comparatively...the choice is essentially a no brainer. But, that is just my opinion.

While faster speeds are always good I would be ok if my good 3G connection was just more solid then it is now in many areas. The 3G speed I get on Verizon is good enough for anything I do on the go, and faster then a lot of people's DSL for actual throughput oddly. I find that the main slowness with the cell phone is the processor and not the connection since when I connect it to the laptop the speeds I get are great.

I remeber a while ago they said Verizon's LTE was going to crush Sprint's Wimax.. i dont see it.. the speeds seem similar to me. Well at least it improves to the "current" speeds. And i guess its only called 4G because its a 4th generation of speed increase. Marketing hype FTL.

These speeds offer a dramatic increase over current 3G speeds and can rival cable broadband speeds.

More like they are just now being competitive with AT&T's 3G network speeds (which, for me in my rural area is 3mbps downstream and 1.5mbps upstream).

So since I'm moving farther north in Minnesota in the next week or so, will I see this in December or is this for specific areas only?

I love how people read about LTE and LTE-Adv and see stuff like "peak data rates of 1Gb/s" that's not for a single user... a user would never see that, they have to divy that speed up amoung tens if not hundreds of people that are talking to that tower..... so to get 12Mbit out of it you are lucky if you are in a heavy usage area

WTF? This is not 4G, it's 3G.

From wikipedia:

"LTE specification provides downlink peak rates of at least 100 Mbit/s, an uplink of at least 50 Mbit/s"

This isn't LTE and it isn't even HSPA+. This is just HSPA, which is a 3G protocol.

"and can rival cable broadband"...... which um can max out at 343.04 Mbit down and 122.88 Mbit up on the cable end... if anyone would ever enable those speeds... but I find it hard to be rivaling cable where latency is much lower then cellular signals... we are moving the average speed for cable in the USA to 16Mbit right now, and higher packages are already available all the way up to 100Mbit for users depending on who you have... Comcast just stated the 104Mbit package

Im not sure if it really matters. I mean when using WiFi on my friends iPad, pages still load much slower than a regular computer. The devices aren't as limited by the internet, but more by the processor speed

Brandon said,
Im not sure if it really matters. I mean when using WiFi on my friends iPad, pages still load much slower than a regular computer. The devices aren't as limited by the internet, but more by the processor speed

True, but the mobile networks are still a lot slower than WiFi.

HSPDA is good enough when you have it, but at least in the UK, outside of any city it is near enough non existant. Then in a lot of other cities you are limited to normal 3G, which can be really slow. And don't even talk about the places that are still limited to GPRS.

Hopefully the UK will use the old analogue TV frequencies for 4G, as it will mean the networks will have a further reach and penetration than the current 3G networks.

Brandon said,
Im not sure if it really matters. I mean when using WiFi on my friends iPad, pages still load much slower than a regular computer. The devices aren't as limited by the internet, but more by the processor speed

True, but not everyone is just using iPads and phones.

Many netbooks have built in cellular radios and there are alot of people that use USB data cards, in addition to all the people that use their cell phone as a WiFi hotspot for their computers.

But even with just phones, it is becoming more common for people to be watching fairly high quality video and other content that pushes 3G and even the 'Verzion 4G' to the limits.

Those speeds are no where near the Data speeds of LTE-Advanced.
Peak Download 1 Gbps
Peak Upload 500 Mbps


My beef with 4G is that there is no current standard and the speeds are all over the place on different networks. It's all false marketing. Sure it's faster, but give us what it should be, not a little faster and name is the next generation.

ccoltmanm said,
Those speeds are no where near the Data speeds of LTE-Advanced.
Peak Download 1 Gbps
Peak Upload 500 Mbps


My beef with 4G is that there is no current standard and the speeds are all over the place on different networks. It's all false marketing. Sure it's faster, but give us what it should be, not a little faster and name is the next generation.


I completely agree, this is all bull**** marketing at their best.

ccoltmanm said,
Those speeds are no where near the Data speeds of LTE-Advanced.
Peak Download 1 Gbps
Peak Upload 500 Mbps


My beef with 4G is that there is no current standard and the speeds are all over the place on different networks. It's all false marketing. Sure it's faster, but give us what it should be, not a little faster and name is the next generation.

There are official standards, which were talked about on Neowin a week ago IIRC, the consortium decided that the minimum DL speed to actually qualify for true 4G is 100Mbps, which WiMax and LTE (not LTE-A) do not meet

As Quattrone said: Complete marketing bull