Is Verizon launching LTE on Nov. 15?
Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is reportedly planning to roll out its LTE network in 25 markets beginning Nov. 15, according to a Boy Genius Report.
Verizon has said it would roll out LTE in 25 to 30 markets to cover 100 million pops by the end of the year. But that operator has not indicated a specific date. BGR said it received the information from a tipster who also indicated that LTE handsets won't be available in immediate conjunction with the rollout. Rather, Verizon is reportedly planning to introduce a host of new devices on the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday.
The tipster also indicated that LTE data plans will be tiered plans, as expected. Verizon also won't be going down the pricing path of Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), which charges a $10 premium for access to its WiMAX network.
Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson declined to comment to FierceWireless on a launch date for the network, and reiterated the carrier's plans. "We've also noted the first devices that will be available to access the new network are likely to be PC cards and USB dongles, for high-speed laptop connectivity," he told FierceWireless. "Other types of devices, including those designed for individual consumers, are slated for the middle of next year."
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