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New York - Verizon Wireless to Launch 4G Service on Sunday

Published on: December 1, 2010 03:19 PM
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New York - Verizon Wireless says its new “4G” wireless broadband network will start accepting customers on Sunday in 38 cities.

Initially, only laptop users will be able to take advantage of the higher data speeds offered by the network, compared with Verizon’s 3G network. The speeds are somewhat higher than those offered by T-Mobile USA’s and AT&T Inc. where their 3G networks have been upgraded to the highest speeds.

In a surprise, Verizon is charging less for 4G than for 3G. One data plan will cost $50 per month for 5 gigabytes of data, compared with $60 for 3G.

Another plan will provide 10 gigabytes of data for $80 per month. Verizon Wireless’ chief technology officer, Tony Melone, said he expects many customers will find 5 gigabytes isn’t enough. When downloading at top 4G speeds, it takes about an hour to exhaust a monthly allotment of 5 gigabytes of data.

Only Windows PCs will be able to take advantage of the network, at first. On Sunday, Verizon will start selling a USB dongle from LG Electronics Inc. for $99 with a two-year contract. It will fall back on Verizon’s 3G network where there is no 4G coverage. There’s no Macintosh software for the dongle yet.

Melone said Verizon should have 4G smart phones available by next summer.

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Verizon had already revealed where the network will be available first. The coverage areas include the cities on the Boston-to-Washington stretch as well as in California, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Seattle.

Verizon is using a 4G, or “fourth-generation,” wireless technology called Long-Term Evolution that looks set to be an industry standard. Sprint Nextel Corp. subsidiary Clearwire Corp. already has an active 4G network that uses a different standard, WiMax.

Melone said the network will provide download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second, and upload speeds of 2 megabits to 5 megabits per second.

Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC of Britain.


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 Dec 01, 2010 at 03:23 PM ShmuelG Says:

Will I be able to upgrade the OS on my current 3G phone, or will I need a new one?

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 04:12 PM At&t user Says:

I like att, best phones, and fastest service!

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 04:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Virgin Mobile and Metro are much much cheaper.

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 05:27 PM Chaveirim Says:

Reply to #1  
ShmuelG Says:

Will I be able to upgrade the OS on my current 3G phone, or will I need a new one?

No, that's a hardware thing, not software

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 Dec 01, 2010 at 05:27 PM Verizon User Says:

Reply to #2  
At&t user Says:

I like att, best phones, and fastest service!

I will have to disagree with all three of your statements...

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 01:32 AM Bukharian Says:

there is a new service hitting the market "clearview" internet wifi, telephone, in home internet service and travel size wifei, and usb internet.

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 10:24 AM ALLAN Says:

Great news...I don't care if it goes to 10G...Verizon can't find an answer as to why the cell service near and within my own home keeps going down almost every day for the past two months. Lots of fancy stories, lots of promises...but no answers. Verizon has gone as far as to admit that I am not the only one complaining.

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