HTC CEO Peter Chou has confirmed to Mobile World Live that their 4G LTE smartphone offerings will be targeted to the United States. Chou told Mobile World Live “We think that the US mobile operators will be taking the lead and pushing 4G LTE in the US market… We are working on LTE devices for next year,”
Currently Metro PCS is the only carrier in the United States currently offering an LTE handset. That handset is the Samsung Craft and it’s a feature phone. Verizo Wireless rolled out their first 38 markets and 60 airports with LTE service on December 5th. As of right now Verizo is only offering 2 USB dongles which only support windows. Verizon is working on getting their dongles to work with Mac and has eluded to the fact that LTE handsets may be unveiled at CES.
Chou has said that HTC is focusing on Android and Windows Phone 7 as their smartphones as part of a portfolio decision to offer consumers the most choice. “[Customers] may want Windows or Android; or they may want big screen or small screen, they may want keyboard or tablet; HTC will let the consumer decide,” Chou said.