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    Verizon LTE network launching December 5th

    Verizon officially unveiled the launch of its next-generation data network. Based on LTE technology, the new network will officially open its doors on December 5th, covering 38-cities and 60 airports around the continental U.S.; Verizon continues to promise nationwide coverage by 2013.

    Upon launch, two USB data-sticks — the LG VL600 and Pantech UML290 — will be available to consumers. Both devices will be backward compatible with the company’s 3G, EVDO network and will retail for $99.99 with a signed 2-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. Verizon will offer two data plans for its new high-speed network, a $50 monthly plan with a 5GB data allowance or an $80 monthly plan with a 10GB monthly allowance; overages on both plans will be billed at $10 per gigabyte.

    Verizon boasts that speeds on the LTE network will range from 5 to 12Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5Mbps on the uplink.  Verizon will address LTE-enable smartphones at CES in Las Vegas this January and street-level coverage maps will be available starting this Sunday.

    Here’s the release…..

    Verizon Wireless Launches The World’s Largest 4G LTE Wireless Network On Dec. 5

    Laptop Users Benefit First from Fastest and Most Advanced Wireless Network, Arriving in 38 Major Metropolitan Areas with New Value-Priced 4G Data Plans

    BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless announced today it is turning on the world’s first large-scale 4G LTE network on Sunday, Dec. 5. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network will be the fastest and most advanced 4G network in America. Business users will be the first to take advantage of the 4G LTE network with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.

    With the launch, Verizon Wireless is also offering new value-priced 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans starting at $50 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance, as well as two new 4G LTE USB modems: the LG VL600 which will be available at launch, and the Pantech UML290, available soon.

    Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, said, “Beginning Sunday, Verizon Wireless is making the best network even better. Our initial 4G LTE launch gives customers access to the fastest and most advanced mobile network in America and immediately reaches more than one-third of all Americans, right where they live. That’s just the start. We will quickly expand 4G LTE, and by 2013 will reach the existing Verizon Wireless 3G coverage area.”

    Road warriors using laptops will immediately benefit from Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network with super-fast connectivity that’s up to 10 times faster than the company’s current 3G network. The company expects 4G LTE average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

    Mead continued, “We are building our 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which we have long been recognized. Our commitment to superior network performance, combined with broad 4G coverage areas and the strong value of our data plans make 4G LTE Mobile Broadband the best choice for laptop users.”

    4G LTE Mobile Broadband Data Plans, Devices and Coverage Areas

    Verizon Wireless customers can choose from two 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans: $50 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance or $80 monthly access for 10 GB monthly allowance, both with $10/GB overage. For laptop connectivity, two 4G LTE USB modems will be initially available: the LG VL600 is available at launch and the Pantech UML290 will be available soon, each $99.99 after $50 rebate with a new two-year agreement. Both USB modems provide backward-compatibility with Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. If laptop users travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, they will automatically stay connected on the company’s 3G network.

    The two modems harness the power of the company’s 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network to help enterprise, business and government customers make their workforces more productive, providing super-fast laptop connectivity. Both modems will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, online at, by phone by calling 1-800 256-4646 and through the company’s business sales channels.

    The company expects consumer-oriented handsets will be available by mid-2011. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network is initially launching in 38 major metropolitan areas and in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast – at both airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities. Street level coverage area maps will be available online on Dec. 5. Today, customers can go to to check if their addresses will be in the initial 4G LTE coverage area.

    Spectrum and Network Partners

    By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment in the United States, Verizon Wireless is capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with excellent coverage. Verizon Wireless’ primary 4G LTE network vendors, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, are providing the underlying infrastructure for the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

    Visit for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

    Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Major Metropolitan Area Deployment (Dec. 5, 2010)

    Akron, Ohio

    Athens, Georgia

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    Chicago, Illinois

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Cleveland, Ohio

    Columbus, Ohio

    Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas

    Denver, Colorado

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

    Houston, Texas

    Jacksonville, Florida

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Los Angeles, California

    Miami, Florida

    Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Nashville, Tennessee

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    New York, New York

    Oakland, California

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Orlando, Florida

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Phoenix, Arizona

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Rochester, New York

    San Antonio, Texas

    San Diego, California

    San Francisco, California

    San Jose, California

    Seattle/Tacoma, Washington

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Tampa, Florida

    Washington, D.C.

    West Lafayette, Indiana

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Commercial Airport Deployment (Airport Name, City, State) Dec. 5, 2010

    Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas

    Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal, Glen Burnie, Maryland

    Bob Hope, Burbank, California

    Boeing Field/King County International, Seattle, Washington

    Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North Carolina

    Chicago Midway International, Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago, Illinois

    Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Kentucky

    Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, Ohio

    Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas

    Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, Texas

    Denver International, Denver, Colorado

    Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, Texas

    Greater Rochester International, Rochester, New York

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, Georgia

    Honolulu International, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Florida

    John F. Kennedy International, New York, New York

    John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California

    Kansas City International, Kansas City, Missouri

    La Guardia, New York, New York

    Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, Missouri

    Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts

    Long Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California

    Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, California

    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, Louisiana

    McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Memphis International, Memphis, Tennessee

    Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California

    Miami International, Miami, Florida

    Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Nashville International, Nashville, Tennessee

    New Castle, Wilmington, Delaware

    Newark Liberty International, Newark, New Jersey

    Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, California

    North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Orlando International, Orlando, Florida

    Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida

    Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Florida

    Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, Arizona

    Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Arizona

    Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio

    Portland International, Portland, Oregon

    Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio

    Ronald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, Virginia

    Sacramento International, Sacramento, California

    Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, Utah

    San Antonio International, San Antonio, Texas

    San Diego International, San Diego, California

    San Francisco International, San Francisco, California

    Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, Washington

    St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida

    St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Florida

    Tampa International, Tampa, Florida

    Teterboro, Teterboro, New Jersey

    Trenton Mercer, Trenton, New Jersey

    Washington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.

    Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    William P. Hobby, Houston, Texas

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