Verizon Launching 4G Network

Verizon smack talk campaign against AT&T and currently considering for its 4G (LTE) network.Verizon is also considering network speeds as well as data transfer amounts in wireless plan pricing……

The latest rumblings come straight from the mouth of Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg, who told the Wall Street Journal that Verizon Wireless which is on the cusp of launching its 4G LTE (short for “Long-Term Evolution”) data network is mulling the idea of making speed a factor in its upcoming tiered data plans.Both Verizon and AT&T are looking to LTE technology to power their upcoming 4G data networks. Verizon is slated to switch on LTE in close to 40 markets before the year is out.

Sprint is still charging 4G customers the same $60 a month that it does 3G customers and indeed, 4G users get a better deal, given that Sprint’s 3G broadband plan is capped at 5GB a month while the 4G plan is (for now) unlimited.Users of Sprint’s two 4G phones the HTC Evo 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G are also subject to the same “Everything Data” bundles (starting at $69 a month) as are those with 3G phones. That said, Sprint also charges a $10 “premium data” fee for Evo 4G and Epic 4G users although the carrier swears up and down that the extra charge is based on the hardware of those two handsets, not because they’re using Sprint’s 4G network.

T-Mobile is sticking with the same data plans on its “4G” HSPA+ network that users of 3G data are paying: $40 a month for 5GB of data for mobile broadband cards, or $30 a month for 5GB of smartphone data, after which your download speeds will be “throttled” to sub-3G speed.All four of the big U.S. carriers are promising significant speed boosts from their respective 4G networks as fast as 20Mbps in ideal cases, although most will probably see speeds ranging from 5 to 10Mbps or so. Also, it’ll take months or even years before most of the country is blanketed in 4G coverage, meaning that early adopters of the first 4G broadband cards, smartphones and tablets will have to put up with spotty 4G signals.


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