Verizon Wireless will not release any LTE-compatible smartphones until 2011, according to a report published in Droid Life. Citing a purported company insider, the story claims that the company has at least three post-3G handsets currently in testing — from HTC, LG, and Samsung — and possibly one from Motorola, although the tipster has apparently not seen that device. We’ve already caught wind of a sleek LG handset rumored to land on Big Red’s nascent LTE network, and earlier this morning the alleged HTC Incredible HD popped up sporting a 4G icon in the notification bar. This latter device was originally said to ship this year, only to have that rumored release move to March 2011.
It’s not unusual for carriers to delay the release of handsets on new data networks, who tend to first release data-only devices like USB modems and mobile hotspots. Verizon says that it expects to light up 38 LTE markets by the end of the year, covering over 100 million people, with its entire 3G footprint to see coverage by the end of 2013. AT&T also plans to deploy an LTE network next year, while Sprint’s WiMax rollout is already well underway, with two compliant handsets — the EVO 4G and Epic 4G — already on sale. T-Mobile, meanwhile, is marketing its HSPA+ as 4G, and will attempt to push its speeds out to over 100mbps eventually. According to a UN standards group, however, none of these technologies classify as 4G.
Source: Droid Life