Verizon LTE

For those of you waiting on LTE Android phones from Verizon, move along. Big Red's LTE site is now live and official, and it's only USB modems thus far. The service launches Sunday, Dec. 5 in 38 cities and 60-something airports. Smartphones are coming by mid-2011, Verizon said during a conference call, and it's pretty safe to assume Android will play a major part in that.

For now, pricing for LTE data is $50 a month for 5 GB, or $80 for 10 GB, with $10/GB overages, which is not too shabby. Full presser's after the break. [Verizon]

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless announced today it is turning on the world’s first large-scale 4G LTE network on Sunday, Dec. 5. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network will be the fastest and most advanced 4G network in America. Business users will be the first to take advantage of the 4G LTE network with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.

With the launch, Verizon Wireless is also offering new value-priced 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans starting at $50 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance, as well as two new 4G LTE USB modems: the LG VL600 which will be available at launch, and the Pantech UML290, available soon.

Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, said, “Beginning Sunday, Verizon Wireless is making the best network even better. Our initial 4G LTE launch gives customers access to the fastest and most advanced mobile network in America and immediately reaches more than one-third of all Americans, right where they live. That’s just the start. We will quickly expand 4G LTE, and by 2013 will reach the existing Verizon Wireless 3G coverage area.”

Road warriors using laptops will immediately benefit from Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network with super-fast connectivity that’s up to 10 times faster than the company’s current 3G network. The company expects 4G LTE average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

Mead continued, “We are building our 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which we have long been recognized. Our commitment to superior network performance, combined with broad 4G coverage areas and the strong value of our data plans make 4G LTE Mobile Broadband the best choice for laptop users.”

4G LTE Mobile Broadband Data Plans, Devices and Coverage Areas
Verizon Wireless customers can choose from two 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans: $50 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance or $80 monthly access for 10 GB monthly allowance, both with $10/GB overage. For laptop connectivity, two 4G LTE USB modems will be initially available: the LG VL600 is available at launch and the Pantech UML290 will be available soon, each $99.99 after $50 rebate with a new two-year agreement. Both USB modems provide backward-compatibility with Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. If laptop users travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, they will automatically stay connected on the company’s 3G network.

The two modems harness the power of the company’s 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network to help enterprise, business and government customers make their workforces more productive, providing super-fast laptop connectivity. Both modems will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, online at www.verizonwireless.com, by phone by calling 1-800 256-4646 and through the company’s business sales channels.

The company expects consumer-oriented handsets will be available by mid-2011. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network is initially launching in 38 major metropolitan areas and in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast – at both airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities. Street level coverage area maps will be available online on Dec. 5. Today, customers can go to www.verizonwireless.com/4Glte to check if their addresses will be in the initial 4G LTE coverage area.

Spectrum and Network Partners
By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment in the United States, Verizon Wireless is capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with excellent coverage. Verizon Wireless’ primary 4G LTE network vendors, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, are providing the underlying infrastructure for the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Major Metropolitan Area Deployment (Dec. 5, 2010)
Akron, Ohio
Athens, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Boston, Massachusetts
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colorado
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Houston, Texas
Jacksonville, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
Miami, Florida
Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
Nashville, Tennessee
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York, New York
Oakland, California
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Orlando, Florida
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix, Arizona
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rochester, New York
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Seattle/Tacoma, Washington
St. Louis, Missouri
Tampa, Florida
Washington, D.C.
West Lafayette, Indiana
West Palm Beach, Florida

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Commercial Airport Deployment (Airport Name, City, State) Dec. 5, 2010
Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Bob Hope, Burbank, California
Boeing Field/King County International, Seattle, Washington
Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago Midway International, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Kentucky
Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, Ohio
Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, Texas
Denver International, Denver, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
George Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, Texas
Greater Rochester International, Rochester, New York
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, Georgia
Honolulu International, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Florida
John F. Kennedy International, New York, New York
John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California
Kansas City International, Kansas City, Missouri
La Guardia, New York, New York
Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, Missouri
Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts
Long Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California
Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, California
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, Louisiana
McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada
Memphis International, Memphis, Tennessee
Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California
Miami International, Miami, Florida
Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nashville International, Nashville, Tennessee
New Castle, Wilmington, Delaware
Newark Liberty International, Newark, New Jersey
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, California
North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Orlando International, Orlando, Florida
Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida
Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Florida
Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Arizona
Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio
Portland International, Portland, Oregon
Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio
Ronald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, Virginia
Sacramento International, Sacramento, California
Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, Utah
San Antonio International, San Antonio, Texas
San Diego International, San Diego, California
San Francisco International, San Francisco, California
Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, Washington
St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Florida
Tampa International, Tampa, Florida
Teterboro, Teterboro, New Jersey
Trenton Mercer, Trenton, New Jersey
Washington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
William P. Hobby, Houston, Texas

 
There are 38 comments

moosc says:

But wouldn't u loose speed with the usb device? I've always stayed away from those. Hope there's other options.

gbm85 says:

USB 2.0 offers transfer rates up to 480 Mbps, far faster than LTE or WiMAX.

$50 a month just for data? Common Verizon, for $80 a month on Sprint you can get minutes, unlimited messaging, and 4G data. I'm not even a Sprint customer and I know this.

I'm pretty sure this is non cell phone data TaeKwon. I believe it's data via usb and mifi's.

Menno says:

This is a DATA device. On sprint their comparable modem is $60 a month. This gets you unlimited wimax, but still capped to 5GB on 3g. Better deal? yes assuming coverage. But if you're going to compare plans, it's best to put an apple next to another apple instead of the whole fruit basket.

Bravozero says:

Holy sh!t Verizon... I'm not paying $50 extra a month for faster data, that's ridiculous. I sincerely hope that's just for the LTE devices and not LTE phones, if so then I'll just be happy with my standard 3G data speeds. Guarantee you LTE phones will be more than the usual $199 with 2 year plan.

dreedy01 says:

This is $50/month for usb data use only via a usb modem, not $50 extra a month for a LTE phone. Compared to the $60/month for 3G data usage on a usb modem with a 5GB cap, it's a good deal.

rugbyua9 says:

I'm in. Sign me up!

P.s. Yes, these are just data plans for USB devices. Phone data plans will be seperate. Probably announced at CES.

Wow, all I have to say is this is RIP OFF.

dreedy01 says:

How is it a ripoff if current usb modem users are paying $60 a month for 3g speeds at a 5gb cap. If you're getting LTE speed at a 5gb cap for $10 less a month...sounds like a better deal to me!

Lets put it this way..if you're in an area where you have Verizon LTE coverage, Sprint/Clear WiMAX Coverage and/or T-Mobile HSPA+ coverage, who are you going to pick? Verizon you either pay $50 and only get 5GB of data, $80 and get only 10GB. Sprint you'd pay $49.99 for just 4G and get unlimited data, or alternatively $59.99 and get unlimited 4G and 5GB of 3G, or go with T-Mobile and get unlimited data for $39.99 a month.
It's clearly not as good a deal as Sprint or T-Mobile given an area with all three wireless technologies.

dtlorman#AC says:

How is it that people take the time to comment on an article that they obviously have not read? THIS IS BROADBAND CONNECTION ONLY, NOT PHONE/SMARTPHONE DATA PLAN PRICING! And, it is the same cost as the 3G MIFI offering. $50 for 5GB. Does not allow the 3GB for $35 that is currently available for the MIFI, but if you need 4G speed, you probably need the higher allowance anyway.

drudawg says:

I was hoping it would be somewhat comparable to Clear since they are both in the ATL market. Was really hoping for unlimited for around $55 or $60 for 4G service.

tjubb says:

well crap, was hoping that HTC Incredible HD/Mecha would come sooner than the middle of next year, Ugh!

tim242 says:

Verizon CEO said last week that the first 4G phone would hit in Feb.

jackmusick says:

Shit! You mean Purdue University is going to have 4G in just a few days?

You have to be kidding me. That's awesome.

Blah says:

BTFU

El Jefe says:

Purdue? Why? Could you not get into IU? :-)

tim242 says:

The $50/month for 5 GB is not bad, for the people that use data cards and such. It's not an increase in price from 3G! Now, for those of us that tether with our phones will just have to sit tight and wait on those details. Holding on to my EVO until 4G hits Little Rock. Who will get it here first?

Steev1705 says:

It looks like the Mecha may be delayed for quite some time, but I want an HTC phone with a big screen (even if it's just 3G). I hope the Merge comes out soon. I'll use it as a temp phone until the Mecha goes live.

mndavo says:

Is the LTE compatible with GSM networks such as T-Mobile and AT&T? The 4G data won't work because Verizon is going to use 700 MHz frequency. Anybody knows if the phone part going to work?

santinelli says:

Ouch... Let go my arm, I'm robbin you! That's outrageous.

They still just don't get it, the could compete with folks using the outragous comcast with some of these speeds, but the limits are horrible. Apparently they STILL have not figured out how to build out a network (And they've had years to try!)

Guess I'm sticking with good old comcast at home, and my 3g android wirelessly tethering away to my ipad.

Menno says:

Comcast: WireLine primary internet provider. LTE modems: Wireless secondary internet connection. They are NOT positioning this as replacement internet right now, just supplemental. If you're expecting wireless service to compete with landline service on price right now you're not going to get it. Clear's trying that, and they're running out of money. Just because they both get you online doesn't mean they're the same type of service and cost the same to deploy.

santinelli says:

BUT they COULD be... Clear is running out of cash because they have no infrastructure. Verizon HAS an infrastructure.

and they could easily take a run at these speeds, for most people it is certainly fast enough to replace what comcast/time warner/etc is offering...

Menno says:

It's not speed. It's cost. Wireline's are significantly more efficient at transmitting data than even LTE is.

santinelli says:

Oh and for the record, I've done about 4gb of data on my android phone this month, and I don't even come close to using it as much as I would my laptop, so the data limits are just horrible...

Menno says:

I can easily use 6gb on my phone. That's not the point. This is NOT meant to replace your comcast/fios line, at least not anytime soon. For that to happen Verizon would need coast to coast coverage with more backhaul than they currently even offer for fios in major cities. NO ONE IN THE WORLD has that kind of infrastructure. The point is that Wireless is NOT the same animal as wireline service so people really need to stop comparing them. I can get unlimited Dial Up for $10 a month, does this mean fios is a rip off because they're not offering the same pricing plan? No, they're two totally different networks. Wireless data WILL be capped, at least initially. Clear isn't capped. They also can't make money. No, they don't have the infrastructure of Verizon, but their pricing plans and the instability of their network (brother has clear modem) is what's causing them issues. Until Clear (or someone else) can prove that cheap unlimited plans are PROFITABLE Companies like verizon won't offer them.

pseudoelf says:

Wireless is not more expensive than landlines (intrinsically). People forget that laying and maintaining wires is expensive........

The real question is why aren't they planning to compete?

They are using wireless in Africa because it IS cheaper to deploy than a wire to every user.

Menno says:

Because they have no infrastructure for landlines, so they're starting from scratch. Voice is at a point where it IS cheaper to deploy wirelessly than landlines are. This is why Verizon is getting out of the landline phone business (selling more of it to frontier). But you're talking about mobile broadband here, not voice. The network they're building in Africa isn't high speed in a lot of places. Verizon IS planning to compete, but not initially. They offer home internet replacement now they shoot themselves in the foot because of their fios offerings. Not only that but it creates an insane amount of overload on a still untested technology, but the higher price points will drive off businesses, which are their money makers. Once the network is nationwide and stable (2013+) I expect prices to drop. But don't really expect it before then, especially since the only other game in town in Wimax, and they are following a slower upgrade path.

Prices comparable to their 3G data offerings.... Pretty good amount of markets. Coming out in 4 days. Pretty good job VZW.

Can't wait to hear what the phone data plans are going to cost.

theCLEARblog says:

Have you seen Clearwire's official response and price comparison char? Take a look what the nation's leader in 4G has to say. $45 for unlimited 4G! http://www.clear.com/blog/2010/12/01/the-chicken-soup-debate/

horseshoe says:

This promotional talk is like a ping pong ball drop out of a helicopter! Once your address zip info is inputted to their site, the balloon burst when it says: sorry you do not have the service in your area: LA metro!

I stick with Clear and Sprint's Wimax its the only network that meets my requirement for 4g and that low cost, super fast speed, and unlimited data!

mflava#AC says:

I like that Verizon got their 4G up and running in plenty of markets before releasing the phones. I love my Evo but it's starting to bother me that I'm paying the extra $10 for service I can't even access unless I drive far to test it out. I just don't like paying for something I'm not using.

pseudoelf says:

The wireless carriers don't want to compete so they don't. And we go and believe then when they say "oh it is too expensive, woe is us" ... "this is a bargin" (wink wink)
Note: as services progress and they have more customers the service should get cheaper.....

It is soo expensive because they are doing the whole nation at once. Not because it is intrinsically more expensive.

data in the us is still way to damn expensive, doesnt even make any sense to pay this much.

Glad I read the article here. The article I read this morning didn't mention those were pricing for Broadband.

tekkitan says:

I'll stick with T-Mobile's 21mbps with HSPA+ and no extra charges.