Verizon iphone rumors continued to gain new substance today when Verizon announced its new 4G network will be up and running near the end of this year … and initially will give about 110 million Americans access.
Verizon president Lowell McAdam said that 38 cities and 60 airports would be covered by the 4G service when it starts up, and he expected expansion of the network to cover all the U.S. by 2013. LTE will also provide better coverage than existing 3G and can transmit thorough buildings and other objects easier.
The new 4G wireless standard that’s being adopted by many of the world’s telecom providers is called Long Term Evolution, or LTE for short. The fourth generation 4G standard will be 10 times faster than 3G giving upload speeds of 2-5 Mbps, and download speeds of 5-12 Mbps.
Unlike Verizon’s present 3G CDMA based network, the new 4G LTE broadband highway will allow smartphone users to roam the Internet and talk at the same time. Apple’s iphone chose the AT&T GSM network in 2007 because it had this feature that CDMA couldn’t match.
Unlike 3G networks which have suffered system overloads in the past when Apple’s iphone was bought by the masses … the new LTE network claim is that it will not slow down and become overloaded by a spike in the number of users.
With Verizon’s announcement of the imminent start-up of a 4G LTE network comes word that Qualcomm is going to provide Apple’s iphone with a chip so it can operate over the new network, and not on CDMA based technology that was previously thought.
With other carriers world-wide building 4G LTE networks this would give the iphone a huge market and be convenient to travelers. Some are now speculating that Apple will announce a Verizon version of the iphone at the upcoming CES show.