Verizon Wireless launched its 4G LTE mobile broadband network in 38 markets across the U.S. today. Verizon is promising download rates of between 5 - 12 megabits per second, and upload rates at between 2 - 5 Mbps, with two 4G LTE high-speed wireless data service plans available - a 5GB monthly plan priced at $50, and a 10GB monthly plan priced at $80. Overage charges for both plans are set at $10 per 1GB. At launch the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will initially offer customers two 4G LTE modem devices, the LG VL600 and the Pantech UML290, which are each available for $99.99 with a new 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Plan contract. 4G LTE smartphones will be released in 2011.
The video below shares some of the benefits of 4G LTE from Verizon Wireless:
4G LTE Modems from LG and Pantech, with Value-Priced 4G Data Plans Combine for Broadband Connectivity
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- From coast to coast, throughout 38 major metropolitan areas, Verizon Wireless is preparing for the Sunday, Dec. 5 debut of the fastest and most advanced 4G network in the United States. With the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network from Verizon Wireless, laptop users will experience speeds up to 10 times faster than when they surf on the company's 3G network. In real-world, loaded network environments, data rates are expected to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Business customers and individual consumers interested in getting 4G LTE from Verizon Wireless will want:
4G LTE Coverage Locator – go to www.verizonwireless.com/4Glte to check if an address is in the initial 4G LTE coverage area. Street-level coverage maps will be available on the site beginning Sunday, Dec. 5.
4G LTE Mobile Broadband Data Plans – 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.
4G LTE Modems – the LG VL600 is backward-compatible with the 3G network and supports Windows® XP 32-bit, Vista™ 32/64-bit (SP2) and Windows 7 32/64-bit. Also backward-compatible with the 3G network is the Pantech UML290 4G USB, which is a 180 degree rotating USB connector and supports Windows XP 32-bit, Vista 32/64-bit (SP2) and Windows 7 32/64-bit. Each will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Dec. 5 for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Plan.
How to Order – visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, order online at www.verizonwireless.com, call 1-800-256-4646 or go through the company's business sales channels. To find a local Verizon Wireless Communications Store, visit the Store Locator online at www.verizonwireless.com/storelocator.
Sunday's launch of Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network immediately reaches more than one-third of all Americans, right where they live or work. Major metropolitan areas covered by Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network on Sunday, Dec. 5 include:
Charlotte, North Carolina
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rochester, New York
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
St. Louis, Missouri
West Lafayette, Indiana
West Palm Beach, Florida