Verizon announced the rollout of their 4G LTE network this week with a launch date of Sunday. Select major media and tech sites have been testing the LTE network with a mixed bag of results.
The Good: Verizon’s Tony Melone said that Verizon’s 4G LTE would offer 5-12mbs download speeds and upload speeds around 2mbps. MSNBC, Slashgear and GigaOM saw download speeds in Verizon’s stated range. All of the media outlets testing Verizon’s 4G LTE saw results within Verizon’s advertised speeds. The good news is that everyone saw speeds better than the average speeds for Sprint’s WiMax (4G) network and inline with speeds some are seeing with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network
The Bad: All of the sites are reporting connectivity issues especially in transitioning or “hand off” from 4G to 3G. During the conference Verizon said that there would be less issue going from 3G to 4G but in their description of changing from 4G back to 3G it seemed that there would be a little gap and there is.
Although some are insisting that it’s bad that only USB Sticks are available at launch, we actually think this is a good thing. Verizon is rolling this network out wisely and only starting with USB sticks is a responsible move. They shouldn’t release full devices until there has been sometime to launch, gauge and tweak the network.
The Verizon 4G LTE network will launch Sunday in 38 cities and 60 airports. The pricing is $50 for 5gb and $80 for 10gb with a $10/gb overage that will not be capped.
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**updated** Commenter “That Guy” pointed out some grave errors in our original piece. While participating on the conference call we mistakenly quoted the wrong figures in our live blogging for download speeds. We’ve corrected the story to reflect that**