Verizon has announced that its LTE network, which it dubs 4G, will go live this Sunday, on December 5. As they have previously said, for starters LTE service will be available in 38 metropolitan areas and 60 airports. The full list of cities and airports is available here. To check if your specific street will be covered, go here.
Verizon expects its LTE network to reach the existing 3G coverage area by 2013.
LTE data plan pricing was also announced. There will be two plans. $50 per month will get you 5 GB of traffic and $80 per month will give you 10 GB. The overage charge is $10 per gigabyte for both plans.
Since there isn’t going to be an LTE-capable phone on offer this soon, your only option to use this network, at least until some LTE phones get released (in mid-2011), will be via a USB modem. Verizon will sell two of these – the LG VL600, which will be available on Sunday, and the Pantech UML290, which is coming soon. Both modems will cost $99.99 (after a $50 rebate) with a new 2-year agreement. Both modems also have 3G capabilities, so if you’re in an area that doesn’t have LTE coverage, you’ll use Verizon’s 3G network.
Real world speeds are expected to be in the 5 to 12 Mbps range for downloads, and 2 to 5 Mbps for uploads.
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