December 1, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Verizon has finally confirmed its 4G pricing and rollout information. The 4G LTE network will begin Sunday December 5 in 38 markets. It’s important to note that the network launches with only USB modems – not smartphones.
Verizon expects to have devices available by mid 2011, and will reveal more information on these 4G-compatible phones at the CES trade show next month. As previously mentioned, the company will launch in 38 markets and dozens of airports. Here’s more information revealed for the conference call and press release just sent out.
There will be two main plans offered by Verizon. A monthly 5GB for $50 or 10 GB for $80 plan will meet the needs of “most” Verizon customers, but the company promises that there will be no limits, data caps, or throttling on customer who go over those plans. CTO Tony Malone stated, “We’re not going to slow users down. If they want to use more, we’re just going to charge them $10 per gigabyte.”
- Verizon claims to have the fastest, most advanced network in the United States. It is more than 10x the speed as the current 3G network. Downloads of at least 5 Mbps will be the norm (12 Mbps max), and 2 Mbps will be the target upload speed (5 Mbps max). Verizon compares this increase to being able to travel on an airplane in a fraction of the time that it currently takes.
- Verizon plans to cover everyone currently in a 3G zone and convert those areas into 4G zones by the end of 2013. Southern California will be the largest market in Verizon’s network, both in size and number of people served. 20 million people will be covered from Los Angeles County to San Diego when LTE is turned on this Sunday.
- There were also a few shots thrown at competitors. Malone claimed that Android didn’t really take off until it got behind Android with the Motorola Droid and said that all 4G is not equal, a direct shot at T-Mobile labeling its HSPA+ network as 4G and Sprint for its WiMax speeds and coverage.