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[dailytech] Verizon Says 4G LTE Network Could Launch Late in 2009

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Verizon 4G LTE network would likely launch in a very limited capacity in 2009


Access to high-speed wireless networks in America is not nearly as prevalent as access to high-speed networks is in other countries. With the FCC having auctioned off spectrum that will allow high-speed wireless networks to be deployed, the stage has been set to provide Americans with much faster wireless access.

One of the big winners in the FCC auctions this year was Verizon Wireless, which plunked down over $9 billion for its chunk of the 700MHz spectrum for its planned Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network. After Verizon was announced as the auction winner for the upper C block of spectrum, it told consumers that it would be a few years before any services were available on the new bandwidth.

InformationWeek reports that Verizon is now saying that it expects to begin the launch of its 4G LTE network by the end of 2009. Verizon CTO Dick Lynch said in a statement, "We expect that LTE will actually be in service somewhere here in the U.S., probably this time next year." The key words in that statement are “expected†and “somewhereâ€.

If Verizon is able to launch any LTE service by the end of next year it will be in very large markets like New York City or other massive population areas. Lynch also said that Verizon would be offering femtocells with Wi-Fi integrated to extend wireless signals in doors, a key issue for many wireless Internet services.

Required LTE chipsets are being sampled by chipset makers like Sandbridge Technologies and according to reports, Qualcomm isn’t far behind on sampling its own LTE chipset. LTE will not be a standard only in the U.S., Vodafone, which owns part of Verizon is touting the specification for use globally.

LTE isn’t without competition though. Sprint is pushing a rival format with its Xohm WiMAX service. Sprint is currently offering WiMAX in only a few areas of the country and the economy and Sprints inability to retain customers have placed doubt on the long-term viability of WiMAX.

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Why not just support 3G? AFAIK the US has hardly any 3G networks, in australia 98% of the population have access to 3G... so there is no need for expensive 4G
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I've been a Sprint customer for that last 7 years and I've had nothing but great service throughout the US (from one corner to the next). But it's no surprise to me that Sprint is losing customers. Aside from their shady business practices, their phones in general suck compared to Verizon and ATT. I'll probably switch to Verizon when my contract expires next year. I've heard nothing but good things about them.
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I've been a Sprint customer for that last 7 years and I've had nothing but great service throughout the US (from one corner to the next). But it's no surprise to me that Sprint is losing customers. Aside from their shady business practices, their phones in general suck compared to Verizon and ATT. I'll probably switch to Verizon when my contract expires next year. I've heard nothing but good things about them.
kinda expensive when it comes to the plans, i use verizon. i think verizon just wants the name of "first to 4g"
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i think 4G is a great idea. about time the speed of phone networks picked up. but what really pisses me off the most is that not all of the providers out there are even on 3G yet! *cough*tmobile*cough* and i think the fcc should make the major providers step up to require 3g in all* service areas before we move to 4G
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as almost everyone else has said, lets make 3g more widely available before we go 4G. I have an iphone on AT&T and I lose 3G service readily around the orlando metro area which is kind of upsetting.
    
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I'll bet the cell providers cap 4G services at 10GB/month.
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Lets first finish one thing before moving to another. 4G is cool and all but I have yet to even use 3G around by me.
    
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Originally Posted by ElMikeTheMike View Post
I've been a Sprint customer for that last 7 years and I've had nothing but great service throughout the US (from one corner to the next). But it's no surprise to me that Sprint is losing customers. Aside from their shady business practices, their phones in general suck compared to Verizon and ATT. I'll probably switch to Verizon when my contract expires next year. I've heard nothing but good things about them.
I've been on Verizon for a couple of years, I can't say I'm raving happy with them...I guess I'm ambivalent, they have good things and bad things about them. I was with Cingular before, I think I might have been slightly happier with them. But they keyword is slightly, it's not like either of them make me giddy and want to espouse one company over another to try and convert people.

Just as my two cents, the top pro and cons of Verizon as I see them:

Pro: Unlimited cell calls to other Verizon customers. That was why I switched, most of my friends were already on Verizon.

Con: They disable features on your phone that would let you do cool stuff for free (like GPS) if they have a feature they want to sell you instead (like VZ Navigator). That's bullcrap, man. I had to hack my Razor just to get MP3s and jpg files on there for ringtones...that's just stupid.

Actual cellular service has been impeccable I have to say, but then again it was rock solid with Cingular too.
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Verizon sucks. They ruin all of their phones with BREW, gaudy red interface, and by disabling features. Vulcan only touched the surface on the list of things they disable. Some of the ones that stick out in my mind are USB charging, OBEX, vibrate + ring, plus a few others I'm sure I missed. It's sad that you have to resort to using a program like bitpim to actually use the phone you paid for; and even that can only undo a fraction of the damage they do.

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