By Chuong Nguyen | July 21, 2010 3:36 AM
Don’t get your hopes up just yet as Verizon Wireless’s initial 4G LTE deployment will happen only with data cards and USB modems, at least on November 15th when the carrier begins launching its assault against rival Sprint, which has had an early lead with devices like the Sprint Overdrive, the HTC EVO 4G, and the Samsung Epic 4G Galaxy S smartphone.
It’s been rumored that smartphones running on Verizon Wireless’s 4G network will be arriving early 2011 once network optimization and battery life improves. We’ll have to wait and see, but for now, rumor has it that November 15 will see faster modems for VZW in 30 major markets, including New York, LA, Chicago, and Philadelphia and ten airport locations.
Also, it seems that as the carrier moves to 4G LTE, Verizon Wireless will also join GSM carriers AT&T and T-Mobile USA in employing SIM cards.