Verizon iPhone on LTE: 4G Market Not Ready?

Verizon Wireless, one of the largest telecommunication companies in America, is now stepping up its game to become the second mobile carrier to offer customers high-speed 4G coverage. “Lowell McAdam”, President for Verizon has said, “The company has upped the ante, increasing its goal of bringing LTE 4G to 38 cities by the end of the year.”

According to Yahoo! News, if Verizon wireless manages to achieve this, some 110 million Americans could benefit from having LTE by the end of 2010, 200 million part way through 2011 and some 285 million by the end of 2013. For this to succeed, LTE will have to offer 4G smartphones as soon as possible. Yahoo! News reported on some devices currently offering this, HTC and Samsung are two of these, with the benefit of Sprint Nextel selling them for the WiMAX 4G network. For a little while now, we have heard about Verizon releasing an iPhone 4 early next year, but speculation surrounds it as to the device being the first 4G iPhone?

With Apple’s 3G-capable iPhones on AT&T bringing in record amounts of revenue, surely having a second carrier “Verizon” on board will project this further? An analyst Kirk Parsons from “J.D. Powers and Associates” has his own thoughts on this. He has commented that, “The LTE rollout is under way, but the coverage areas will be smaller than the current 3G footprint. iPhone devices are data hungry, so it makes sense to offer a 4G version with the capability of switching to 3G when 4G is not available.”

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