January 12, 2012 | by Natesh Sood
Verizon Wireless is confident enough in its large and fast 4G LTE network that most future devices will support 4G LTE connectivity. I refrained from using the word “all” because there will still be a few devices, such as push-to-talk phones, that operate on Verizon’s 3G network. However, all smartphones, tablets, and portable MiFi hotspots will connect to Verizon’s ever-expanding 4G LTE network.
By 2013, Verizon plans to be done rolling out its network to markets in the United States and everyone with access to 3G today should have access to 4G LTE by then. With 190 markets and 200 million Americans currently covered, Verizon is well on its way to achieving nationwide 4G LTE status.
Big Red reminds us that 4G LTE is going to be a hard requirement for smartphones other than Android. As of now, the only smartphones taking advantage of 4G LTE on Verizon is Android, but the hard-requirement for 4G LTE support will be extended to iPhone, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.
Essentially, Verizon is looking to have a diverse selection of smartphones running 4G LTE for its customers. In order to achieve this, it needs to start requiring manufacturers to incorporate 4G LTE into their devices.
The only foreseeable problem with requiring manufacturers to launch 4G LTE phones is that it could cause a strain on an already volatile network. Most of the time Verizon 4G LTE is great, but the three times it dropped in December is still fresh in the minds of the customers.