Verizon: 4G-Only Smartphones by 2013

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The race is on for 4G, and we don’t mean HSPA+, which is an add-on to existing 3G networks, but true LTE that allows for extremely high theoretical maximum upload and download speeds, plus much higher-quality voice with VoLTE. Verizon was first with LTE, and AT&T isn’t too far off launching their next-generation network, which might prove to be the fastest yet. At a the Telecommunications Industry Association conference today, Verizon CTO, Tony Melone, remarked that if LTE deployment goes as well as expected, we could be seeing phone that are 4G-only (meaning, no 3G radios) as soon as 2013. He also remarked that WiFi will continue to be important at home and at highly-populated venues where optimum reception might not be possible.

Souce: Gigaom

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.